VULNERABLE children aged between five and 11 can now get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, at the Kassam Stadium.

Children in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed in Oxfordshire can get their first dose from specially trained nurses.

Eligible children include those with diabetes, learning disabilities, and chronic heart or respiratory conditions.

Appointments are available at the Kassam from 9.30am to 7pm, however the stadium is closed all day for Oxford United’s home matches, and closes earlier for midweek home games.

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Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, the urgent care lead at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know vaccines give significant protection against severe illness from Covid-19, including the Omicron variant, so it is important that our youngest and most at risk get protected.

“I encourage as many parents and guardians as possible to make sure they book an appointment for their vulnerable child – the paediatric vaccine will offer the best possible protection for them.

“The vaccine is also recommended for those children living with people who have a weakened immune system as it will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to these family members.”

Eligible children will be offered the Pfizer vaccine as part of their first vaccination, with the second dose able to be booked at the first dose appointment.

To book an appointment, parents and guardians should call 07826922121, with lines open from 8.30am to 7.30pm.

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