From tomorrow (Monday 17th January 2022) Waiuku Health Centre will be offering Covid vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years at our child-friendly, very organised clinic. Booking is now available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid vaccination is the most effective way to protect your loved ones from becoming unwell with Covid-19, and particularly from developing a severe form of the illness. The relatively low number of Covid cases in the community is due to the high level of vaccination in New Zealand. We have achieved over 92% full vaccination for those aged 12 and over, and now it is time for your children aged 5 to 11 to be vaccinated.
The vaccine on offer is the Pfizer paediatric vaccine which is also being used overseas in the USA and Australia, amongst other countries. The dosage in this vaccine is different to the Pfizer vaccine dose for those aged 12 years and older, with this one having a lower dose and smaller volume, yet remains highly effective for children aged 5 to 11. Clinical trial results show that the Pfizer paediatric vaccine was 90.7% effective against getting Covid-19 symptoms, and no participants developed severe Covid-19, ie.100% effective for preventing severe Covid-19.
Children need a 2-dose series of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine, 8 weeks apart, to complete the primary vaccination course against Covid-19.
The Pfizer vaccines are very safe. The side effects of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine for children are similar to the adult Pfizer vaccines but generally are milder. Our vaccinators will discuss with you in more detail during the consent process at the time of the vaccination.
For more information please click the link: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-health-advice/covid-19-vaccine-and-children-information-parents-and-caregivers
There is also an excellent article about the vaccination here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/459515/covid-19-vaccination-for-children-what-you-need-to-know
Additionally, information about how the vaccine works is here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-vaccine-works
Let’s get vaccinated to keep our whānau and tamariki safe.