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COVID-19 vaccinations available for 12-15 year olds

Published: 19 September 2021

Young girl pulling up sleeve for a COVID vaccination

How will 12-15 year olds get the vaccine?

We know how much disruption to school and home life COVID-19 has had on our young people, and so this Autumn, all children aged 12 - 15 years are being offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Very few healthy children and young people with COVID-19 infection go on to have severe illness, but vaccinating secondary school children should help to reduce the need for them to have time off school, disrupting face to face learning and reduces the risk of the spread of COVID-19 within school settings.

How will it be administered?

The NHS is now working with organisations that provide school-age immunisation services to make sure all children aged 12 to 15 are offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination before the October half-term break.

If you are a parent or guardian of children aged 12-15, you will receive letters from their local school-aged immunisation service provider, with details of when the vaccination will be offered. For most children, this will be through a session at their school.

Children do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated.

Do I need to give consent?

You will also be asked to provide consent for your child to receive the vaccination, either through an online or a paper form.

Parents or guardians do not need to contact their local GP or other NHS services, nor make an appointment through the National Booking Service.

Which vaccine will it be?

The Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorised for those aged 12-15.

How many doses will they receive?

  • At this time, the Chief Medical Officers advise that healthy 12-15 year olds should be offered a first dose only.
  • The recommendation is that those aged 12-15 at greater risk of serious COVID-19, or who are household contacts of severely immunosuppressed individuals, will be offered two doses.

What about the flu vaccine?

This year, the school aged flu vaccine has also been extended so that as well as children in primary school and year 7, it will now be offered to those in years 8 to 11.

So most secondary school aged children will be eligible for both flu and COVID-19 vaccinations this winter, to protect themselves and those around them.

More answers to questions you may have

Find out more about our Vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds in Surrey Heartlands

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