The NHS is offering Covid-19 vaccinations to children and young people.
Covid-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15-year-olds
All young people between the ages of 12 and 15 will now be offered a Covid-19 vaccination. Currently the vaccination licensed for children and young people is the Pfizer vaccine. This is the one that all 12 – 15 year olds will be given.
Having the Covid-19 vaccination will help reduce the chance of your child suffering from, and spreading, the disease.
Your child might be offered the vaccination at school, in which case you may be given a consent form to sign giving permission for your child to have the vaccination.
A health professional will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with your child at their appointment and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
You can find more information about the vaccination, including how the vaccine will protect your child, and common side effects, in the guide for children and young people below.
Children aged 12-15 who are at increased risk of infection will need two doses of the vaccine, 8 weeks apart.
You can find out more about the Covid-19 vaccination for children and young people aged 12-15 who fall into this category in the leaflet below.
Take a look at this Q&A webinar about the secondary school coronavirus vaccination for 12-15 year olds, hosted by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
Covid-19 vaccinations for those aged 16 and over
You can book a coronavirus vaccine here. Anyone under the age of 40 will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The NHS has set up a range of vaccination sites offering the COVID-19 vaccinations. You will be contacted directly by the NHS if you are eligible and they will invite you for an appointment by letter, text or email. You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
You’ll need two vaccines, having the second dose at least 8 weeks after your first dose if you’re eligible. Most children and young people aged 12 to 17 are currently only being offered a first dose.
The vaccine is also safe for you to have if you’re over 16 and:
- you’re pregnant or think you might be
- you’re breastfeeding
- you’re trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future
Easy read information about the COVID-19 vaccination can be downloaded in English and other languages here.
Remember, you can also use Browsealoud’s accessibility features throughout our ‘Health for’ websites.
Video resources in British Sign Language
NHS Video: COVID-19 vaccination: What to expect after vaccination
NHS Video: Information about vaccines: For people with a learning disability and autistic people
The BBC has developed a number of videos in South Asian languages explaining about the COVID-19 vaccinations, which you can find here.
The Council for Mosques position on COVID-19 vaccines can be found here.
More information on the vaccination programme can be found on the government website.