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 are to have one dose of COVID vaccine only unless immunosuppressed, if so, 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.
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
How will I know which vaccinations are going to be given?
The information we ask your child’s school to send you tells you which vaccinations are taking place. This year, the national flu programme has been extended and is being offered to all students up to and including year 11. The COVID-19 vaccination programme is being offered to all 12-15 year olds.
Which COVID-19 vaccine will my child receive?
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
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.
Can the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations be given together?
For most children and young people, flu and COVID-19 vaccines will be given together (co-administered) – the flu vaccine as a nasal spray or injection and COVID-19 vaccine as an injection. It is safe to do this. Having both vaccines together reduces disruption to your child and their school.For most children and young people, flu and COVID-19 vaccines will be given together (co-administered) – the flu vaccine as a nasal spray or injection and COVID-19 vaccine as an injection. It is safe to do this. Having both vaccines together reduces disruption to your child and their school.If we’ve already been to your child’s school and given them the flu spray or injection, we’ll arrange to go back to school and do another session for their COVID-19 vaccination. Only children whose parents have consented separately for both flu and COVID-19 vaccines will be given these together.
How will I know when my child’s vaccination will take place?
The School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) 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.The School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) team sends information to your child’s school for them to forward to you, on our behalf.
Will I have to consent for my child to have the vaccinations or will it just be given?
The vaccination will only be given to your child with consent from the person who has parental responsibility 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.
We’ll be asking you to consent (or not) for either flu vaccine alone, flu and COVID-19 vaccines together, or the COVID-19 vaccine alone, on separate consent forms.
- e-consent for the flu vaccination - links will be sent to parents via email from the school
- 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.
My child was off sick / school clinic did not go ahead, what will happen now?
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 pharamacist 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.
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.
I want my child to have the vaccine but they’re afraid of needles – can I take them to the GP?
Most young people want to be vaccinated with their school friends and classmates. The SAIS 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.
My child has recently had COVID-19 – can they have the vaccine?
If your child has had COVID-19 more than 28 days before the vaccination day, they can have the vaccine. If they are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when the SAIS visit the school, they will be offered an alternative appointment
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.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 these sessions. Should your child indicate that they wish to be vaccinated and you have said no, we’ll arrange an opportunity for both you and your child to discuss with a clinician at a later date.If you and your child change your mind and would like to go ahead with vaccination at a later date, this can be arranged a local venue.
Where do the vaccinations take place?
Both COVID-19 and flu vaccinations take place at school and within the normal school day.Both COVID-19 and flu vaccinations take place at school and within the normal school day.
I want my child to have the flu vaccine but not COVID-19 – can I do this?
Yes, when you receive the information we send you via the school, please complete both consent forms indicating your choice. If you want us to give the flu vaccination, state ‘yes’ to the e-consent, and if you don’t want us to give the COVID-19 vaccination please state ‘no’ on the paper consent.
The COVID-19 and flu vaccination programmes are separate and individual consent is required for each.
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 SAIS 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. Currently we expect this second dose to be given through GPs, although this may change in the future.
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?
No, the vaccine can only able to be given to children and young people aged 12 and over.
Where can I find more information about the COVID-19 vaccination?
For more details visit:For more details visit:
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 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 schoo will endeavour to make sure the children receive a further appointment.
What if my child is homeschooled?
If your child is homeschooled, they will still receive their vaccine, you will be contacted directly and invited to a community clinic by the SAIS team and local authorities.