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Some children eligible for vaccine

Children at higher risk from coronavirus infection are to be offered a Covid vaccine in the Isle of Man.

It follows health advice from the UK advising that children with underlying health conditions should be offered COVID-19 vaccination.

The Manx government said children between 12 and 17-years-old will be offered the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine if they fall into the following criteria:

Individuals aged 12 - 15 with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 (those with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities and those who are on the learning disability register).

Individuals aged 12 - 17 who are share a household with an immunosuppressed person (either adults or children).

Additionally, 17 year olds who are within the three months mark of turning 18 are also eligible to be vaccinated.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only vaccine approved for use in children in the UK. The medicines and safety regulator has given a license for the vaccine to be used in the over 12s.

The Manx government said: "Planning for the extension of the vaccination programme is currently underway and more information on the rollout will be provided once the relevant documentation has been received from the UK Government".

Anyone who falls into these categories are asked to call 111 to register for the vaccine but are asked not to attend the vaccination hub yet.

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