Vaccination of Children & Young People


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  • 12-15 year olds

    12-15 year olds

    On 22 September 2021, following a recommendation from the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers, the NHS began to vaccinate healthy children aged 12 to 15 in schools against Covid-19. On 20 December 2021, the NHS began to offer second vaccinations to healthy children aged 12 to 15.

    To make an appointment visit or call 119.

    Covid-19 vaccines will continue in schools too – if a child has already been invited through their school, their family could choose not to act on their invitation to make an individual booking but they would not miss the chance to get the jab. The NHS just wants to make it as easy as possible for children and their families to get this extra protection, quickly and conveniently, from the half-term holidays.

    For more information please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 - NHS (

  • 5-11 year olds

    5-11 year olds

    From 30 January 2022, children aged 5 -11 who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is in immunosuppressed will be able to get the first dose of the COVID vaccine in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Parents and guardians will get an invitation from a local NHS service such as a GP surgery or a hospital specialist to make an appointment for their child.

    For more information please - a guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years of age at high risk


External resources:

  • UKHSA resources for parents, children and young people, including posters and health information: Web Link
  • UKHSA resources for schools, including guidance and a template letter to invite eligible children: Web Link
  • UK resources to explain and raise awareness of vaccines for 12-15s: Web Link