The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. One dose is being offered to children and young people aged 12 – 17 to give them the best protection against the virus.
Some children are being offered two doses of a vaccine if either:
- They live with someone who is immunosuppressed
- They have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19
- Are aged 16 to 17
Find out more about vaccination for children at high risk from COVID-19 on who can get a COVID-19 vaccine.
How and when will children be offered a COVID-19 vaccine
All children and young people aged 12 -17 will be offered a vaccine this autumn.
The vaccination team will be holding various vaccination clinics across the Island for this age group to receive the vaccine.
After half term, the vaccine will also be rolled out during school hours by the school vaccination team.
Parents or guardians of those aged 15 and under are asked to register on behalf of their child using the online system.
Young people aged 16 and over are allowed to register for themselves.
Parents or guardians of children aged 12-15 will be asked to attend the appointment with their child in order to give their consent at the point of vaccination.
Alternatively, it is possible that a child can give their own consent if they can clearly demonstrate an understanding of the treatment including the benefits and risks, and have the ability to explain their reasoning to the vaccinator – this is known as the Gillick Competence. This can also be used if a child wishes not to receive the vaccine against parents’ wishes.
In the below video, Phoebe Cowell, from our School Nursing team explains why vaccinating children this autumn makes sense.
Why children are being offered a COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 is usually mild in most children, but it can make some children unwell. One dose of a COVID-19 vaccine gives good protection against your child getting seriously ill.
Vaccinating children can also help stop the spread of COVID-19 to other people, including within schools.