You may have seen the news that the NHS is going to vaccinate children and young people in specific groups, following advice from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation). Please visit www.gov.uk – JCVI statement on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years: 15 July 2021 for more information on this.
The groups that are eligible for the vaccination are:
- 17-year-olds that are within 3 months of turning 18
- 12-15-year olds ‘at risk’ with the underlying health conditions specified below:
- severe neuro-disabilities
- Down’s Syndrome
- underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression
- those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register
- Children aged 12 years and older who are household contacts of individuals (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed (this is in addition to 16-17 year olds in this group, who became eligible earlier in the year)
These groups have been selected based on a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness.
If your child is aged 12 to 15 and is in one of the eligible groups, you will be contacted by early September to invite you to book appointments for them for the vaccination.
If you are within 3 months of turning 18, you will be invited directly to book your appointments via the national booking service at the appropriate time.