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Guidance for parents regarding the COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds

Our school nurses team is currently receiving lots of parent queries surrounding the roll out of the COVID-19 single dose vaccine for children and young people aged 12-15. The following guidance for parents provides answers to the most frequently ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12-15 year old children.

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If you do not wish for your child to be vaccinated this is your choice.  The best way to notify us of this decision is to follow the two steps below:

  1. Complete a consent form and select the decline option – this also allows you to state your reason for decline.
  2. If you have decided to withdraw consent for your child to receive a vaccination, you MUST also send a letter with your child addressed to the immunisation team to his/her school on the day of vaccination. Without a letter being given directly to the school nurse on the day of the vaccinations we cannot guarantee the information regarding your withdrawal of consent will be forwarded to the immunisation team ahead of the vaccination day (this is due to the high volume of calls/emails the team receives).
    Please make sure your letter includes the following information:
    • your child’s full name,
    • their date of birth
    • the name of the school they attend
    • the vaccine you wish to change your consent status for

We are unable to answer all individual queries.

You can find further information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine from the following resources:

Although we are unable to administer the COVID-19 vaccine until 4 weeks has passed if you would like your child to be vaccinated please still complete the consent form and ensure you tick yes next to ‘my child has tested positive to COVID-19 in the last 4 weeks’ this will flag up to the lead nurse and they will advise on when your child can be offered vaccination. This may be in an out of school clinic.

All consent forms are closed down two full working days before the planned session. This is to ensure there is sufficient time for the nursing staff to triage all forms to allow for safe vaccination. If you have missed the deadline we are unable to take any consent until after the session is completed, this means your child will not be vaccinated at the planned school session. If you provide your child’s details and your contact details we will let you know when we will be able to offer your child the vaccine.

We have recently started to administer COVID-19 to students in years 8-11 in secondary schools.

If your child is in year 7 we will begin offering vaccinations for those children who turned 12 before 31 October 2021.

In addition, parents of any child who was absent, unwell or who did not complete a consent form in time can use the national online booking system to book a slot for their child at their local COVID-19 vaccination centre.

Parents of children in year 7 can also use the national system to book a vaccination at a local centre provided that their child has already turned 12.

In addition to our ongoing schools immunisations programme to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds, parents can use the national online booking system to book a slot for their child at their local COVID-19 vaccination centre, providing their child is 12 years old or above. Find out more from NHS England.

The following local pharmacies are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds:

List of local pharmacies

Yes. When vaccinating a child for both flu and COVID-19 we administer the nasal flu vaccine first and then the IM COVID vaccine.

You should consent your child for the vaccine you wish your child to have and at a later date we will inform you of how the catch-up programme will work.

Before we vaccinate any child we review them and check that it is safe to vaccinate on that day. If we have assessed that it is not suitable to vaccinate on that day the school will contact you and explain why. We will inform you of how the catch-up programme will work at a later date.

In bigger schools we sometimes are not able to vaccinate all the children on the same day due to capacity. In this case we will book a second vaccination session as soon as possible.