Covid-19 vaccination information
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 you will be given.
Having the Covid-19 vaccination will help reduce the chance of you suffering from the disease.
You will probably want to share information about the vaccine with your parents and discuss it together.
If you are being offered the vaccination at school, you may be given a consent form that your parent or guardian should sign giving permission for you to have the vaccination.
A health professional will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with you at your 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 you 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.
Covid-19 vaccinations for over 16’s
The NHS has set up a range of vaccination sites offering the COVID-19 vaccinations. If you are eligible, you may be contacted directly by the NHS. 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.
If you’re over the age of 16 and haven’t had your vaccine yet, you can book one here. You do not need to wait to be contacted, and your GP surgery will be notified when you have your vaccine. If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.
You’ll need both doses of the coronavirus vaccine for the best protection, you’ll be offered a second dose at least 8 weeks after your first dose.
You can learn more about common and rare side effects of the coronavirus vaccine here.
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Video resources in British Sign Language
NHS: COVID-19 vaccination: What to expect after vaccination
NHS: 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.
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