Vaccinating 12 to 15 year olds

How children and young people aged 12 to 15 years of age will receive the coronavirus vaccine

Advice on vaccinating 12 to 15 year olds

The Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) provided advice about the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15.

There was a review of evidence by the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMO's) who recommended the coronavirus vaccine on public health grounds, after considering other impacts such as education and mental health. The joint statement from the UK CMO's provides advice on the universal vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 15 years against coronavirus.

Eligibility

The NHS is offering the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to all children and young people aged 12 to 15 years.

Two doses of the vaccine (eight weeks apart) is recommended for:

  • those who are at increased risk from coronavirus due to underlying health conditions
  • those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed

All other children and young people aged 12 to 15 years will be offered a first dose of the vaccine. The timing of a second dose will be confirmed later.

Children and young people aged 12-15 years will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Consent

It's important for children and young people and their parents or carers to discuss the information in this leaflet and come to a decision together.

Parents and carers will be invited to accompany their children to their vaccine appointment and will be given an opportunity to ask questions, and to discuss the benefits and risks of the vaccine.

We recommend you get agreement from your parent or carer but it is not always necessary.

More about consent for young people using NHS services

Vaccine invitations

Children and young people aged 12 to 15 can attend drop-in clinics to receive their vaccine.

They will also receive an appointment letter inviting them to an appointment at a drop-in centre or vaccination clinic.

Rearrange your appointment

You should rearrange your appointment if the time and date does not suit.

If you were contacted by your specialist, you should phone them to rearrange your appointment.

If your child or young person’s level of care needs or disability needs mean they cannot attend a clinic, phone the local number on their invitation letter.

Vaccine safety

NHS Scotland only use vaccines that meet the required standards of safety and effectiveness. All medicines, including vaccines, are tested for safety and effectiveness before they’re allowed to be used. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has to assess all the data and also ensure a vaccine works and that all the necessary trials and checks have been completed.

The MHRA will only approve a vaccine for supply in the UK if the expected standards of safety, quality and efficacy are met. The safety and effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccines continue to be checked while in use.