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Please get your children vaccinated, it’s the only way my vulnerable son can go back to school

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Now that vaccines are being rolled out in the US for five to 11-year-olds and Pfizer is ready to go, wouldn’t it be brilliant if our children here aged five to 11 got the Covid vaccine ASAP?

There are children, including my son, who haven’t returned to school because of their vulnerability. My son is a pupil at a special school attended by five to 18-year-olds.

Jack is 16 and is vaccinated since his 16th birthday he and received the booster last Friday. He can’t return to school because we need herd immunity to protect him. His class is small, only six children, but only 50pc of his class is vaccinated. So I can’t take the risk.

He would not be able to go in on the special transport provided, as he would be sharing the bus with lots of other children of different ages.

There are also other things that need to be done in our schools, such as the installation of Hepa filters. The heating is currently broken and there was another confirmed Covid case a few days ago. How could I send him back?  

There is no light at the end of the tunnel. My son requires 24-hour care. It’s been a very long 20 months. I can’t see my son returning any time soon.

I would urge parents to get their children aged five to 11 vaccinated. My son gets the flu vaccine every year (as does our whole family to protect him), yet unfortunately because everyone in the community/ school doesn’t get it, he often gets flu and is always hospitalised and sometimes has to go to ICU.

Hence my fear of sending him back as I feel I would be sending him back to catch Covid. We have kept him alive all his life against the odds, so I can’t fail him now.

Aisling McNiffe

Ardclough, Co Kildare

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