In line with Government guidance, we are offering children who live in London, a polio vaccine. Currently, we are vaccinating children aged between 5 and 9 years. If your child is aged between 1 and 4 years, please wait for the NHS to contact you to arrange a vaccine.
For some children, this may be an extra dose of the polio vaccine, on top of their routine vaccinations. In other children, this may bring them up to date with their vaccinations.
The vaccine your child will be offered will be the right one for their age and immunisation history.
How to book
We are holding polio vaccination clinics on Saturdays for children aged 5-9 living in London.
Our Saturday vaccine clinics take place in a dedicated vaccination centre for children in the Atrium 1 (Southwark Wing) at Guy’s Hospital. Book online.
Please be aware that vaccinations will not take place inside Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
You will be asked a few questions about their vaccination history, to make sure we give your child the correct vaccine. Please make sure you fill out the form with your child’s details. This is so when you arrive at our vaccination centre, our expert vaccine team will review your child’s vaccine and medical history to check the information inputted in the form.
If you do not know your child’s vaccine history, you will still be able to book an appointment and our vaccine team will complete these checks when you arrive.
If you have any questions about accessing a polio vaccine for your child, please contact CovidVaccineBookings@gstt.nhs.uk.
What to bring to your vaccination appointment
If possible, please have the e-Redbook app on your phone or remember to bring along your child’s red book (personal child health record) to the appointment so that we can record the vaccination in it.
Why your child is being offered a polio vaccine
Traces of the polio virus have been found in sewage in some London boroughs, this suggests that the virus is now spreading between people. This has probably happened because vaccine uptake for the infant and toddler vaccinations in London is lower than it should be. The best way to protect your child is to make sure they are fully up to date with their vaccinations. Both the booster dose and routine vaccination will increase your child’s protection.
What is polio?
Polio is an infection caused by a virus that affects the brain and nerves – it can cause permanent loss of the ability to move the body. It is rare but can be very serious for unvaccinated people.
For more information on the polio vaccine, please see visit the dedicated polio section on the Government website.