The NHS has started to roll out the COVID-19 jab to school children aged 12 to 15. Almost three million children in this age group are eligible for one dose of the Pfizer vaccine following the government’s acceptance of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommendation.
Like the flu and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, COVID-19 jabs will be delivered by local school age immunisation services who will work closely with schools to identify all eligible children.
In line with standard practice for vaccinations in schools, consent letters are being sent out to parents and guardians with information on the COVID-19 vaccination.
Families do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their child’s vaccine, schools and providers will be in touch.
Guidance and information for parents is available here.
Information for eligible children and young people on COVID-19 vaccination is available here.