Parents of five to 11-year olds in England can now book a COVID-19 vaccine for their children.
The shots—already widely used in many countries—can be booked online and will be available from hundreds of sites starting on Monday (April 4).
It comes as health officials estimate that a record 4.9 million people in the UK are infected with SARS-CoV-2, up from 4.3 million the week before.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Children without underlying health conditions are at low risk of serious illness from COVID, and the priority remains for the NHS to offer vaccines and spring boosters to adults and vulnerable young people, as well as to catch up with other childhood immunization programs.”
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland already offer COVID-19 vaccines to five to 11-year-olds.