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Advice for children and young people

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The below webpage is split into the following sections:

COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds

COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11 year olds

 

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. Some children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a booster dose if either:

  • they live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

How to book

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

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

Have more questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a child that is 16 years old or older, please click here for more information 

Please click one of the drop downs below to learn more 

  • 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
    • 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.
    • 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

    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, the 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
     
 

COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11 year olds  

For children aged 5-11 years old, the COVID-19 vaccination for children who are NOT at risk is due in April, more information will be posted here closer to the time.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that 5 to 11-year-olds who are either in a clinical risk group or are a household contact of someone of any age who is immunosuppressed should be offered two 10 micrograms doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with a minimum interval of eight weeks. If your child is eligible for the vaccination, your child will receive a letter from their GP or health specialist.  For children eligible as a household contact, the person who is immunosuppressed will be written to directly. 

COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being made available to 5-11 year olds who are categorised as medically high risk. The vaccine will be made available to all other 5-11 year old children in April 2022. Please continue to check this website for details.

The NHS will be in touch with you in the coming weeks if your child is eligible, so please wait to hear and do not contact your GP.

If you have a child that is 16 years old or older, please click here for more information.