HSE advise COVID-19 vaccination of children aged 6 months to 11 years - Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

23 November 2023
HSE Media Release
Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

The HSE is advising that Children aged 6 months to 11 years be vaccinated in Sligo Leitrim, this winter season.

COVID-19 vaccines are recommended by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) for children aged 6 months to 4 years who have a health condition that puts them at high risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19.

For all children in this age group, the recommendation of NIAC is that the benefits of vaccination are greater than the risks from the vaccine, meaning this age group can be offered the vaccine.

The HSE advise that children aged 6 months to 11 years avail of the COVID-19 vaccination as it may avoid getting COVID-19, and extra offers protection from the rare risks of serious illness from COVID-19.

Vaccinating children could also reduce transmission to others in the household, for example, those with a weak immune system. Children who are vaccinated will be less likely to miss school and other activities because of COVID-19.

They will need two doses of the vaccine for the best possible protection against COVID-19. Children will get their second dose eight weeks after the first dose.

Sinead McConnell, General Manager, COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, CH CDLMS said “The HSE is urging parents and guardians of children aged six months to 11 years to avail of the COVID-19 vaccine this winter season. RSV and Flu are circulating within our communities and vaccination against COVID-19 is the best protection against the virus. Appointments can be made online by parents and guardians at About COVID-19 vaccination page.

Children’s COVID-19 clinics Sligo Leitrim:

Sligo Development Centre, Cleveragh Road, Sligo, F91 W2KH

Thursday November 30

9.30am to 11am - 6 months to 4 years

11am to 12.30am - 5 years to 11 years

Leitrim Community Services, Leitrim Road, Carrick On Shannon, Co. Leitrim, N41XC59

Thursday November 30

1.30pm to 2.30pm - 6 months to 4 years

2.30pm to 3.30pm - 5 years to 11 years

Children’s Flu vaccine

The children’s Flu vaccine is available from participating GPs and Pharmacists for children aged 2-12 years. An extension of this year’s programme includes the vaccine being offered to children in Senior Infants and all children in Primary Age Special Schools this year.

Last updated on: 23 / 11 / 2023