Croydon parents and carers of 12- to 15-year-olds are being invited to attend a webinar to find out more about the Covid-19 vaccination for their children, and get their questions answered by clinicians from the local community.
The live event will take place on Thursday 18 November from 6.30-7.30pm and will be hosted by NHS South West London CCG in partnership with Croydon Council. Chaired by Shelley Davies, Croydon’s director of education, the expert panel will include speakers from the school immunisation team, a Croydon GP, chief pharmacist, Croydon public health and NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group. Register for the event here.
All children aged 12 to 15 in Croydon are now being offered one dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine through their school, following advice from the UK’s four chief medical officers. Along with this, parents and carers can use the national booking service to organise a young person’s vaccination or by visiting select walk-in centres. Vaccinating this age group aims to protect young people from Covid-19 and should help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in schools, protecting their family, friends and reducing time spent out of education.
Rachel Flowers, director of public health, said: “We want our parents and carers in Croydon to be able to access information about the vaccine first-hand, so that they can understand the benefits for their children and make an informed decision. Getting our young people vaccinated is vital to ensure they don’t miss out on time in school, and to protect them, their friends, family and wider community from serious illness. We know many people have questions about the vaccine for this age group and this webinar is a great opportunity for parents to find out more and have any questions answered by experts from our local community.”
Louise Coughlan, chief pharmacist for Southwest London Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We’re really pleased to welcome local parents and carers to this webinar which is an opportunity for them to ask questions and understand more about the vaccine to help them make informed choices with their children. It’s really important that we vaccinate and protect our young people against Covid, to reduce outbreaks that occur in school and help protect friends, family, and vulnerable members of our communities.”
This webinar will be recorded for those parents who cannot attend and be uploaded on Croydon Council and South West London CCG websites.