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COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds.

Children can get a 1st dose of the vaccine from the day they turn 12.

Most children can get a 2nd dose from 12 weeks after they had their 1st dose.

This page will provide you with all the information you need for your child’s vaccinations, including how your child can receive the vaccination, consent forms and a comprehensive FAQ. 

How to book

There are several ways your child can receive their first COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. National Booking Systemor call 119
  2. Visit a walk-in clinic (no appointment needed)
  3. School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) flu schedule

Please click one of the drop downs below to learn more 

 

  • National Booking System

    National Booking System

    Parents are able to book COVID-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children with appointments available. Click here to visit the National Booking System , to find a local site near you. 

    If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need act on their invitation unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.

    Parents and guardians will be advised to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get jabbed outside of school hours (at a local site) and consent will be sought on the day. 

    Please note: when attending a clinic, those allowed in are the parent/guardian and the child to be vaccinated. Due to social distancing measures and spacing, we cannot admit whole family members or friends.

  • Walk in clinics

    Walk in clinics

    • Please be aware Walk-in and Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics may be limited to an allocated number of vaccines. Vaccines will be given on a first come, first served basis. Clinics may close early if all allocated vaccine has been used.
    • Please check this page regularly as walk-in clinics may be cancelled on the day due to weather disruptions; it is important that we keep the public and our staff safe
    • Parents and guardians need to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get jabbed outside of school hours (at a local site) and consent will be sought on the day. 
    • Please note when attending a clinic, those allowed in are the parent/guardian and the child to be vaccinated. Due to social distancing measures and spacing, we cannot let whole family members in / friends. 

    Click here to find local walk in clinics in your area

  • School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) flu schedule

    School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) flu schedule

    Your child’s school may now be offering the COVID vaccine as part of its School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) flu schedule.

    Three immunisation options are being offered – flu vaccine only, flu and COVID vaccines or a COVID vaccine only.   

    To indicate your wishes, please complete the following forms distributed by the schools and return directly to the school promptly. All consent forms need to be returned to the school even if you do not wish for your child to receive the vaccine.  

    • e-consent for the flu vaccination 

    Links will be sent to parents via email from the school

    • paper consent form for COVID vaccination (12-15 year olds can have two doses of COVID vaccine, with the 2nd from 12 weeks after they had their 1st dose, unless immunosuppressed, in which case they can have 3 doses, 8 weeks apart, please visit this page)

    Consent process is paper based, child will come home from school with a paper consent form, please return as quickly as possible, yes or no.  No consent, no vaccine will be given.

    On vaccination day, only children with consent as above will be allocated to receive a flu vaccine, flu and COVID-19 vaccine or COVID-19 vaccine only. All children will be monitored by the SAIS team after receiving their vaccination/s.

    We’ll only vaccinate where we have consent from someone who has parental responsibility for your child. Please be reassured that should you respond to say you do not wish your child to be vaccinated at all on the day, your child will not be vaccinated.

    If a child indicates that they wish to receive a vaccination but they don’t have consent from someone who has parental responsibility for them, we’ll arrange a separate appointment with the appropriate person and the child, to discuss this with a clinician.

    Consent forms

    Following reports from a number of schools in our area, we are aware that you may have been emailed a document that attempts to pass as a consent checklist for COVID-19. We understand how convincing material of this kind can be.

    However, this is NOT from the NHS and it is NOT GENUINE. It contains inaccurate and misleading information. Please do not distribute.   

    All NHS consent forms for COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the school vaccination service, are being supplied on paper. They are being delivered to schools for students to take home and to be completed, before being returned to school.  

    Although an NHS e-consent form is being progressed for COVID-19 vaccinations, this is not yet available. We will advise through school, once this is an option
     

 
12-15 Frequently Asked Questions 
 
  • When attending your coronavirus vaccination appointment

    Helpful information before attending your appointment

    You can help your NHS by following the below guidance to reduce delays and ensure a positive experience when having your vaccination.

    Parents and guardians need to attend community vaccination sites with their children if they want them to be vaccinated outside of school hours (at a local site) consent will be sought on the day. 

    Please note when attending a clinic, those allowed in are the parent/guardian and the child to be vaccinated. Due to social distancing measures and spacing, where possible whole family members in / friends

    Arrive on time for your appointment – not too early or too late

    When arriving for your appointment, it is important to join the queue at your appointment time.  If you arrive early, please remain in your vehicle until your appointment time. You will only cause delays if you join the queue too early.

    When joining the queue or entering the centre please remember Hands, Face, Space. Continue to sanitise your hands, wear a face covering and always keep 2 metres apart from others.

    Important points to prepare

    Before your appointment it is important to have your NHS number ready, follow this link to find out how to find your NHS number  and remove any outer garments when inside the building. 

    To help the process run smoothly, please wear clothing that allows easy access to your arm, this will help the vaccinators and will reduce queues.  

    Updated 10.01.22

  • How can my child have the vaccination?

    There are two ways your child can receive the COVID-19 vaccination:

    1. National Booking System
    2. Children and Young People Covid Vaccination Team in schools and community clinic

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  • My child will have their vaccine at the school, do I still need to book on the national system?

    If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need to take any further action unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.

  • My child will attend a local clinic instead of their school, do I need to provide consent?

    Parents and guardians will be advised to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get vaccinated outside of school hours (at a local site) and consent will be sought on the day from the parent. 

    Updated 10.01.22

  • What if my child is homeschooled?

    If your child is home-schooled, they can  still receive their vaccine, the details of the  community clinics held  by the CYP Covid Vaccination Team   will be circulated by the local authority , or you can book their vaccination through the National Booking System by clicking here

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  • Will I have to consent for my child to have the vaccinations or will it just be given?

    Children and Young People Covid Vaccination Team

    The vaccination will only be given to your child with consent from the person who has parental responsibility/delegated authority for them. In the information we send you via the school, we ask you to tell us whether you do or don’t want your child to be vaccinated.

    Separate consents will be requested for all vaccinations that your child will be receiving

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    • Paper consent form for COVID vaccination – this will be a paper consent form. Your child will come home from school with a paper consent form, please return as quickly as possible, with a yes or no.  If no consent is given, no vaccine will be given.

    National Booking System 

    Parents are able to book COVID-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children with appointments available. Click here to visit the National Booking System , to find a local site near you. 

    If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need act on their invite unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.

    Parents and guardians will be advised to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get jabbed outside of school hours (at a local site) and consent will be sought on the day. 

    Updated 10.01.22

  • I want my child to have the vaccine but they’re afraid of needles – can I take them to the GP?

    Children and Young People Covid Vaccination team

    Most young people want to be vaccinated with their school friends and classmates. The CYP Covid vaccination team delivers vaccines to thousands of children and young people every year. They are very skilled and supportive of children who are worried or scared. Please tell us if your child is concerned about needles when you complete the form so we can look after them in school. You can also contact your GP to see if they will provide your child with the vaccine.

    National Booking System 

    Alternatively, parents are able to book COVID-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children with appointments available. Click here to visit the National Booking System , to find a local site near you. 

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  • Where do the vaccinations take place?

    CYP Covid Vaccination Team

     COVID-19 vaccinations  take place at school and within the normal school day.

    National Booking System 

    If you have booked your childs COVID-19 vaccination through the National Booking System, the vaccination will take place at the local clinic which you have selected. 

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  • How will I know when my child’s vaccination will take place?

    CYP Covid Vaccination Team

    The CYP Covid vaccination team sends information to your child’s school for them to forward to you, on our behalf. Details include the date we’ll be visiting your child’s school and which vaccinations we will be administering.

    National Booking System 

    Alternatively, parents are able to book COVID-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children with appointments available. Click here to visit the National Booking System , to find a local site near you. 

    If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need act on their invite unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.

    Parents and guardians will be advised to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get jabbed outside of school hours (at a local site) and consent will be sought on the day. 

    Updated 10.01.22

  • My child was off sick / school clinic did not go ahead, what will happen now?

    CYP Covid Vaccination Team

    For the Covid-19 vaccination, if child has missed out at school or the session has had to be re-arranged then please be assured follow up sessions will be re-arranged either at the school or at a local community clinic. All details will be communicated to you as soon as these are confirmed.  Your local GP or pharmacist cannot vaccinate your child for Covid-19 unless they are clinically vulnerable so please do not contact them.

    This is national guidance and if this changes we will communicate this with you. 

    For flu vaccine, follow up clinics will be available in the community and the School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) team will advise when these will be. 

    National Booking System

    Alternatively, parents are able to book COVID-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children with appointments available. Click here to visit the National Booking System , to find a local site near you. 

    Updated 10.01.22

  • How will I know which vaccinations are going to be given at the school?

    The information we ask your child’s school to send you tells you which vaccinations are taking place.

  • Which COVID-19 vaccine will my child receive?

    The Comirnaty Covid-19 Mrna formally known as Pfizer BioNTech vaccine

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  • How will the COVID-19 vaccine be given to my child?

    The COVID-19 vaccine is an intramuscular injection that will be given in the left or right upper arm.

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  • Can the Covid-19 vaccine be given with other vaccinations?

    Yes

  • What should I do if my child is ill after the vaccine – do they still go to school?

    If your child has a sore arm or any of the usual mild symptoms, they should still attend school. If you’re worried about any symptoms your child may have, please refer to the information your child brings home or call NHS 111.

  • My child has recently had COVID-19 – can they have the vaccine?

    The latest advice from the JVCI is that for under 18’s need to wait 12 weeks following a positive result. 

    Updated 10.01.22

  • I am a foster carer – can I consent to the vaccine for the child I care for?

    The consent for a child or young person to receive a vaccine needs to be from someone who has delegated authority to give permissions for immunisations. If you don’t have this, you’ll need to speak with the child’s social worker to arrange this.

  • Will you still vaccinate my child for COVID-19 if I as a parent say no?

    No. If you indicate on the form that you don’t want your child to be COVID-19 vaccinated on the day, we won’t vaccinate your child. It is important that you discuss the vaccination with your child beforehand to avoid any problems and that you complete the consent form indicating your decision. There is the option for children and young people to consent for themselves using a strong legal framework, but this is not being used in sessions within schools. Should your child indicate that they wish to be vaccinated and you have said no, this can be discussed further at a community session.  If you and your child change your mind and would like to go ahead with vaccination at a later date, you can book via National Booking at a local community session

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  • I have a child who is in this age group but is immunosuppressed or clinically extremely vulnerable – can they get a COVID vaccine with the other 12-15s on the day?

    Yes, we will offer a first vaccination through the CYP Covid Vaccination team  as long as we have consent from the person with parental responsibility for your child. You will receive a consent form so that you can indicate your preference for your child. Your child will need a second vaccination after eight weeks. The second vaccination can be given to your child at local community sessions which you can book via National booking or at an advertised walk-in

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  • One of my children is 16 and eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Can he join with the younger children to get vaccinated as well?

    We will be offering vaccinations to 16 year olds along with the rest of their class. At 16, young people can give consent themselves so a consent form is not needed.

  • Can my 11-year-old have the vaccine?

    Current advice is that any clinically extremely vulnerable 5-11 year olds will be offered a vaccination through the GP. This is expected to commence at the end of January 2022.

    Updated 10.01.22

  • Where can I find more information about the COVID-19 vaccination?
  • Where can I find more about vaccinating 12-15 year olds against COVID-19?

    For further details around offering COVID-19 vaccination to 12-15 year olds visit:

    What if I do not give consent for my child to be vaccinated, but then I change my mind? Can they still be vaccinated or have they missed out?

    There will be an opportunity for appointments either in school (if the CYP Covid vaccinating team  are returning for an additional session) or at community clinics. If you request a new consent form and complete and return to school (clearly stating that this over rides previous negative consent if you have returned one saying “no previously and date appropriately) the school will endeavour to make sure the children receive a further appointment.

    Updated 10.01.22

  • What if i do not give consent for my child to be vaccinated, but then i change my mind? Can they still be vaccinated, or have they missed out?

    There will be an opportunity for appointments either in school (if the SAIS team are returning for an additional session) or at community clinics. If you request a new consent form and complete and return to school (clearly stating that this over rides previous negative consent if you have returned one saying “no previously and date appropriately) the school will endeavour to make sure the children receive a further appointment.

  • I have consented to my child getting the COVID-19 vaccine at school. How can I be sure they have received it?

    The CYP Covid Vaccination team will give your child a card to confirm that they have been vaccinated. National records will also be updated.  

    In a small number of children where consent has been given, the COVID-19 vaccine may not be given on the day. Each consent form is checked from a clinical perspective to ensure that there are no conditions or other factors that would cause any risk to the child being vaccinated. If there are clinical concerns, it may not possible to administer the vaccination at this time. In these circumstances, the CYP Covid vaccination  team will contact the school if a return visit is to be scheduled. Alternatively, parents can book vaccinations for their 12-15 year olds to attend community clinics.

    Updated 10.01.22