16-17 year olds

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16-17 are to have 2 covid 19 vaccinations. 2 doses for maximum protection

If you are aged between 16 and 17 years old, you can now book your COVID vaccination, 1st dose, 2nd dose and booster dose!

You can book your vaccination appointment at one of the national sites, by visiting the National Booking System, or you can wait until you receive an invitation for your COVID vaccine by letter or text.

Alternatively, visit our Walk in Clinic page to find local walk in vaccine centres in your area. You do not need an appointment for these clinics, just turn up during the opening hours.

The vaccine that will be used for your 1st and 2nd dose is Pfizer, so make sure that you check what age groups/vaccine is being offered before you attend a walk in clinic. If you are booking online, the system will recognise that you will need the Pfizer vaccine and will only show bookable clinics which are using Pfizer.

Moderna or Pfizer may be used for your booster vaccine, this means the booster may be a different vaccine than you had for your 1st and 2nd dose. This is perfectly normal, so please don’t worry.

If you have any more questions or concerns, or you would just like to read more information about the COVID vaccine, you can find everything you need to know on our FAQ page,  here. 

Over half of all young people have already had their vaccines, don’t delay – book yours today.

  • How to book

    It’s easy to book your COVID-19 vaccine through the National Booking System.

    When booking you need your name and date of birth, OR NHS number.

    Alternatively, visit a walk inclinic, please note that some clinics are available for 16+, this will be listed next to the vaccine being administrated. 

  • 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.

    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.  

Second dose information

  • 16-17 second dose + booster

    16-17 year-olds are to have 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 12 weeks apart

    If you aree 16-17 with a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19, you are to have your 2nd dose around 8 weeks after your 1st dose. You can take your letter to any walk-in vaccination site from 8 weeks after the day you have your 1st dose. If you do not receive this letter but you think you’re eligible, please contact your GP surgery.

    16-17 year-olds can now get a booster dose 12 weeks after their 2nd dose 

    If you had a 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because you have or had a weakened immune system, your GP or hospital specialist will invite you for your booster dose when it's due.

    If you have a letter from your GP or hospital specialist inviting you for your 3rd dose, you can get your booster at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site. You'll need to bring your letter with you.

Frequently Asked Questions 

If you would like to see our full FAQ please click here. 

  • When can I have the vaccine after testing positive for COVID-19

    When can I have the vaccine after testing positive for COVID-19

    If you are under 18 and would like to receive your COVID-19 but have had a positive COVID-19 test you must wait 12 weeks from the date you took the test before you book an appointment or visit a walk in clinic.

  • Which vaccine will I have?

    Which vaccine will I have?

    The vaccine that will be used is Pfizer, so make sure that you check what age groups/vaccine is being offered before you attend a walk in clinic, if you are booking online the system will recognise that you will need the Pfizer vaccine and will only show bookable clinics which are using Pfizer.

     

  • How does the vaccine work?

    How does the vaccine work?

    The vaccine works by making a protein from the virus that is important for creating protection.  

    The protein works in the same way they do for other vaccines by stimulating the immune system to make antibodies and cells to fight the infection.

  • Are there any side effects?

    Are there any side effects?

    13th October 2021

    These are important details which the MHRA always consider when assessing candidate vaccines for use.  For these vaccines, like lots of others, they have identified that some people might feel slightly unwell, but they report that no significant side effects have been observed in the tens of thousands of people involved in trials.  

    All patients will be provided with information on the vaccine they have received, how to look out for any side effects, and what to do if they do occur, including reporting them to the MHRA.  More information on possible side effects can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/