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COVID-19 vaccinations available for 12 to 15 year olds

Published: 19 September 2021

Young girl pulling up sleeve for a COVID vaccination

How will 12 to 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 to 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 working with organisations that provide school-age immunisation services to make sure all children aged 12 to 15 are offered the COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are a parent or guardian of children aged 12 to 15, you will have received a letter 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.

What if my child missed their vaccination appointment at school?

The National Booking Service is providing an additional option for parents and guardians to book a vaccine for their child at existing vaccination centres for those children who missed out on their vaccination in a school setting.

Parent/guardians can visit the National Booking Service website or call 119 to make an appointment if:

  • their child was unwell on the day of vaccination at their school
  • their child has since turned 12 after the vaccinations took place at their school
  • their child is needle phobic and/or has anxieties and they wish to accompany them
  • their child is home schooled and/or does not attend a school setting
  • they missed the opportunity to consent for their child's vaccination
  • they would prefer their child to receive their vaccine at the mass vaccination centre at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, or at a local vaccination site: Chertsey Hall, Chertsey, Woodhatch Place, Reigate or Thames Ditton Centre for the Community, Thames Ditton

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.

Walk in appointments in Surrey

Parent/guardians can also walk-in to Sandown Park Racecourse vaccination site with 12 to 15 year olds for a vaccination (no appointment required). Information regarding walk-in services at Sandown Park can be found on the Surrey Heartlands COVID-19 Vaccination Centres web page.

Feeling unsure about the vaccine?

Visit the Everything COVID website - a site designed by young people for young people where you can learn more about the vaccine and get answers to your questions.

Keeping Surrey safe

Vaccinations are the best defence against viruses like COVID and Flu but you can still catch a virus and pass it on even though you may not feel ill. As well as making sure you are vaccinated, it's still important to keep yourself and others safe by following the government guidance. Here's seven things we can all do:

  • Get vaccinated for both COVID-19 and flu as soon as you are eligible
  • Let the fresh air in if you meet indoors – meeting outdoors is safer. Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Test regularly – at least twice a week – and self-isolate if required
  • Stay at home if you are feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Download and use the NHS COVID-19 app

More answers to questions you may have

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

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