Immunisations postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have started again for school pupils that were in years eight, nine and ten during the 2019/2020 academic year.
Secondary school students normally receive routine immunisations against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Td/IPV (tetanus, diphtheria and polio) and MenACWY (Meningococal groups A, C, W and Y disease) at school but, due to closures, they were not able to take place.
For those who had a clinic appointment for MenACWY and Td/IPV cancelled, Dorset HealthCare’s School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) has invited parents to bring their children to ‘catch-up clinics’ taking place this month at a range of local community venues.
Any children not able to attend these clinics will have the chance to be immunised in spring 2021. The SAIS will also be offering the immunisation to anyone who did not complete a consent form in 2019/20, and parents will be contacted by their child’s school to arrange this.
The postponed HPV programme will resume in September, and schools will be contacted by the SAIS shortly to arrange a date and inform parents. These clinics may also take place in a community venue.
Dawn Campbell, Dorset HealthCare’s Service Manager for the SAIS, said:
“We are very pleased that we are able to use the end of the summer term to catch up on as many immunisations missed from the 2019/20 school year as possible. I’d urge all parents who received an invitation to take up the offer. It’s quick and easy, and will give lasting protection to their children against serious, vaccine preventable diseases.
“We’d also like to reassure parents that if their child has missed out on an immunisation for any other reason this school year, there will be other opportunities to be immunised in the 2020/21 school year.”
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School age immunisations for 2020/21
Dorset HealthCare’s School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) is the primary provider in the local area of immunisations to children (aged 4-16), including those that are home educated and in special schools.
The team provide vaccinations for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (Td/IPV), Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) and flu.
All immunisations take place in schools and community venues, ensuring all children across the county have access to the service.
Planned school age immunisations for 2020/21 include:
- Flu (nasal and injection) to children in reception to year 7 and special schools (up to age 18) - commencing from Oct 2020
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Meningitis ACWY to all children in year 10 - commencing from January 2021
- HPV to all children in year 8 (first dose) and year 9 (second dose) – commencing in March 2021
- Catch up clinics for children who have missed vaccines in previous years or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Immunisations are a very important part of maintaining health, not just for children but also for the entire population.
To ensure your child is vaccinated you are required to give consent. Dorset HealthCare works on a digital consent process. This enables parents, carers and guardians to give consent on any device, including a smart phone.
For school-educated children all the information you need will be given to you through your child’s school via email. For children who do not attend school, a letter or email will be sent to the person who has parental responsibility to complete the on line digital consent process and book an immunisation appointment in a local community venue.
For further information about immunisations and digital consent visit www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/schoolageimms