Special Sunday vaccination sessions for Welwyn Hatfield children

Covid vaccinations will be offered to children aged 5-11 at Queensway Health Centre in Hatfield on Sunday 8 May and Sunday 15 May.

Queensway clinic in Hatfield

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is continuing its proud partnership with the local NHS to offer vaccinations to younger children as well as adults at the pop-up clinic.

The 5-11 sessions, which will take place from 2pm to 4.30pm, will be held in a welcoming and stress-free environment to ensure that children, along with parents and carers, feel comfortable, and ensure a positive experience. Professionals are confident that this will help to establish a healthy attitude to any future vaccinations.

There will be activities to keep children occupied while waiting and expert staff trained in dealing with children and adults who are nervous about vaccinations. Adults will be able to have booster vaccinations earlier on the morning of the same days, Sunday 8 May and Sunday 15 May, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Dr Rachel Joyce, Director of Clinical and Professional Services for the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System, said:

We are pleased to see that families across the county are deciding to vaccinate their children against COVID-19. It's the best defence we have against the virus, whatever your age.

As we return to normality and enjoy more of the freedoms that we are used to, we know that the vaccine is working, and many families have taken up the offer to get their children protected against the distress and disruption that Covid can cause. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated, which is why we're delighted to be offering a local option to Hatfield residents.

Children aged between 5 to 11 are offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which are a third of the strength given to those over the age of 12. A gap of at least 12 weeks is needed between doses. This interval is reduced to 8 weeks for children who have medical conditions that put them at increased risk from COVID-19 or who live with someone with a weakened immune system.

Find more information on COVID-19 vaccinations, including information about local sites offering jabs and answers to questions.