Coronavirus: supporting parents and carers of children with SEND

From 23 August 2021, children who were considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer required to shield, but to follow the same advice as the rest of the population.

Clinical studies have shown that children and young people are at very low risk of serious illness if they catch the virus.

It is important that your child continues to attend their school or other educational settings. A lack of schooling is known to have a significant negative impact on children, reducing their life chances and making physical and mental health issues worse. All early years providers, schools and colleges are continuing to put in place measures to help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. More information can be found at 

A very small number of children and young people will have been advised to isolate or reduce their social contact for short periods of time by their specialist, due to the nature of their medical condition or treatment rather than because of the pandemic. If this is the case for your child, they should continue to follow the advice of their specialist.

Vaccinations for parents and carers

Read our COVID-19 Vaccinations FAQ page for more information on vaccinations

The Government has taken steps to ensure that unpaid carers can use a specific letter to identify themselves to gain priority for the booster jabs for COVID-19 along with paid care workers, if there are long queues.  Carer support organisations are being asked to contact unpaid carers urgently within their organisation to ensure that they have a copy of the letter, if they need to use it. Carers UK is contacting their carer members today. 

Do get in touch with your carer support organisation as they will have received a copy of this letter.

Vaccinations for children

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. 1st and 2nd doses are being offered to children aged 12 to 15 to give them the best protection against COVID-19.

This includes children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination.

Most children will be given their vaccine at school during school hours. They will be given 1 dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

As a parent or guardian you will get a letter or email with information about when the vaccine will be offered, and you'll be asked to give consent.

Third dose for severely immunosuppressed people over 12

Children with a weakened immune system are being offered a 3rd dose of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. This is also known as a 3rd primary dose.

If your child had a weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses, the vaccine may not have given them as much protection as it can for people who do not have a weakened immune system.

A 3rd dose may help give them better protection.

The 3rd vaccine dose for people with a weakened immune system is different to a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

A 3rd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to people aged 12 and over who had a weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses.

Follow this link for more information

You can book you own or your child's vaccination online here or by calling 119

For local SEND updates and resources follow this link

If you have any questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) that are related to education, the Department of Education have setup a dedicated helpline. Staff, parents and young people can call 0800 046 8687 or email from 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).

Looking for further information about coronavirus?

We have brought together the latest information about coronavirus including how you can get involved and help your community, and how to help your wellbeing during these uncertain times. 

Find out more