The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued new paediatric guidance on COVID-19 vaccination.
The full guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-issues-advice-on-covid-19-vaccination-of-children-and-young-people
The JCVI is advising that children at increased risk of serious COVID-19 disease are offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
That includes children aged 12 to 15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning disabilities.
The JCVI also recommends that children and young people aged 12 to 17 who live with an immunosuppressed person should be offered the vaccine.
Currently, the JCVI is not recommending vaccination of children with congenital heart disease aged 15 years or younger in the absence of the additional risk factors outlined above. These recommendations will remain under review as more data becomes available.
20 July 2021
In the context of congenital heart disease:
During lockdown it is still business as usual for the team. We are still doing surgery, intervention, transplant assessment and transplant surgery.
Your child does not need to shield, unless you have received confirmation from the team at the Freeman Hospital
Visiting for relatives is different on each ward so please contact the ward sister directly before visiting
Outpatient clinics are running as normal everyday. Please maintain social distancing, wear a mask and come alone if you are able to.
Please follow government guidance https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
The most recent advice from the British Congenital Cardiac Association can be found here https://www.bcca-uk.org/pages/news_box.asp?NewsID=19495728
The most recent government advice can be found here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus