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Second dose of COVID-19 vaccine offered to 12-15 year olds

January 5, 2022

All children aged 12 to 15 have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine. Children can get a first dose of the vaccine from the day they turn 12. They can now also get a second dose 12 weeks after their  first dose.

Children over 12 can get the vaccine at school, you can also book a vaccination appointment online or you can find a walk in vaccination site to get a vaccine without needing an appointment. Be sure to check that walk in sites are vaccinating the appropriate age group before attending. 

Second doses of the vaccine will be offered in schools from the 10th January 2022.

Children will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. You can read the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine patient information leaflet on GOV.UK. Most vaccinations will be delivered through the school-based vaccination programme, the same as for HPV and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccinations. 

If you receive home schooling, are in secure services, or specialist mental health settings, then provision will be put in place to ensure you are still offered  the vaccine.


Why children are being offered the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 is usually mild in most children, but it can make some children unwell.

One dose of the COVID-19 vaccine gives good protection against your children getting seriously ill. But two doses gives stronger and longer-lasting protection.

Vaccinating children can also help stop the spread of COVID-19 to other people, including within schools.  

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not at high risk from COVID-19, they need to wait 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine.

This starts from the date of their positive PCR test.

Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought before vaccinations are given in line with existing school vaccination programme policies. 

NHS information on COVID-19 vaccines for 12-15 year olds.