When are children offered the COVID-19 vaccine?
Children can get a first dose of the vaccine from the day they turn 12.
Most children can get a second dose from 12 weeks after they had their first dose.
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not at high risk from COVID-19, they need to wait 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine.
This starts from the date of their positive PCR test.
How children can get the COVID-19 vaccine
Most children aged 12 to 15 can:
- get the vaccine at school
- book their vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- find a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment.
Getting the vaccine at school
Most children will be offered a first and second dose of the vaccine at school during school hours.
Second doses will be offered in schools from 10 January 2022. Children who have not yet had a vaccine can get their first dose during these vaccination sessions.
Our school immunisation teams will visit your child's school to give the vaccine.
As a parent or guardian you will get a letter or email with information about when the vaccine will be offered, and you'll be asked to give consent.
If your child misses their COVID-19 vaccination, for any reason, they will be offered it again at a later date.