All young people aged 12 to 15 are now eligible to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. A second dose can be given 12 weeks (3 months) after the first dose. Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine will give young people the best protection against COVID-19.
The medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has confirmed the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for children in this age group, following a rigorous review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine. One dose of the Pfizer vaccine is being offered to children aged 12 to 15 years old, to give them protection against COVID-19.
Vaccinators from the local NHS Children’s Vaccination Team will visit your child’s school. This is likely to be after the Christmas holidays, with further information being shared nearer the time.
Appointments for 12-15 year old vaccinations can be booked using the NHS’s online booking system: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
Walk-ins are available at locations across Birmingham and Solihull. Please visit the walk-in page for more information.
If your child has an appointment planned at school, this should be attended, and no further action is required.
Is my child eligible?
All children aged 12-15 are eligible, including those that:
- Would like their second dose, 12 weeks after their first dose
- Have had their 12th birthday since vaccinations were offered at their school
- Have previously declined to have their first vaccination, but would now like one.
Please note: a child will not be able to have a vaccination if they have had COVID-19 infection in the last 12 weeks.
In order to have a vaccination at a vaccination centre or walk-in site, the child must be accompanied to their appointment by a parent or guardian, who has parental responsibility, to provide consent. This can be a birth parent recorded on the child’s birth certificate, or by means of a care order special guardianship, or appointed guardianship. If the child’s parent/guardian are also eligible for a first, second or booster dose, they will be able to have this at the same time.
All children will need to wait in the waiting area and be observed for 15 minutes after having their vaccination. This is so that in the unlikely event they have a reaction to the vaccine, trained staff can help immediately.
COVID-19 is usually mild in most children, but it can make some children unwell. Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine gives the best protection against your child becoming seriously ill. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to take up this offer for your child. Vaccinating children can also help stop the spread of COVID-19 to other people, such as to elderly relatives and within schools.
For answers to questions and concerns you may have, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine-for-children-aged-12-to-15/