After receiving the coronavirus vaccine you can get back to normal life and the activities you love with a reduced risk of catching, or passing on, COVID-19.
Although many restrictions are now lifted, we must still be cautious whilst coronavirus cases remain high. The best way to do this is to make sure you receive both doses of the vaccine if you’re eligible to do so.
If you are between the ages of 12-17 and have tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to wait at least 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.
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. It’s important to return the online consent form as soon as possible after receiving it, as the vaccine can’t be administered without this.
If you’d prefer to be vaccinated outside of school, your parent or guardian can now book your vaccine appointment online here. They should attend vaccination sites with you if you’re being jabbed outside of school hours, as consent will be given by them on the day.
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.
Parents can also take a look at this Q&A webinar session about the secondary school coronavirus vaccination for 12-15 year olds, hosted by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust:
Here’s how to get your jab:
Read the latest information about how the Coronavirus vaccine is being made available in Leicester here.
You can attend a drop-in clinic even if you aren’t registered with a GP practice or don’t have an NHS number. Anyone who has had their first dose more than eight weeks ago can attend the clinics to receive a second dose of the same vaccine if they are eligible.
For more information, including details of local drop in clinics, click here.