COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 12-15
Everyone aged 12 and over can now book your vaccine using the national booking system, calling 119, or where possible, book directly with, or walk into, a local vaccination centre - Full details of where and how you can do this are here. Second doses will be given 12 weeks after the first dose.
Although it is rare for healthy children and young people with COVID-19 to have severe disease, the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the welfare, mental and physical health of young people through isolation from education and community is considerable and for some young people and their families it can be devastating. Offering a vaccination to 12 to 15 year olds will not only reduce the risk of complications, but it will reduce time out of education and reduce the impact of absence and isolation on personal health and wellbeing that has been seen during the pandemic.
Children will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is the vaccine approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for children and young people between 12-15 years of age. This follows a thorough review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine for this age group.
For parents or young people who would like further information before having the vaccine, who want to discuss any concerns or who are not able to attend the school vaccination date, out of school community clinics are being set up and there are resources below including frequently asked questions to inform your decision.
Children do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated.
Boosters are also available to young people aged 12-15 years old who are in a clinical risk group, who are severely immunosuppressed, or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed, from 91 days following their last dose of the primary vaccination course (this is 3 doses for those who are severely immunosuppressed). You can where possible, book directly with, or walk into, a local vaccination centre for this - Full details of where and how you can do this are here.
The table below shows when you will become eligible for your booster following your second dose (3 months).
Month of 2nd jab
March 2021 – August 2021
Month in which you become eligible for booster
Vaccine clinics for 12-15 year olds
- Bocking Centre, 3A Bocking Street, E8 3RU
- Cable Street Surgery, 445 Cable St, E1W 3DP
- Essex Lodge Surgery, 94 Greengate Street, Plaistow, E13 0AS
- Fullwell Cross Medical Centre1 Tomswood Hill, Barkingside, Ilford IG6 2HG
- John Scott Health Centre, 220 Green Lanes, Woodberry Down, N4 2NU
- King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, Ilford, IG3 8YB,
- Liberty Shopping Centre, 11 Western Rd, Romford RM1 3RL
- Mayors Pharmacy, 113-115 Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green IG8 0DY
- Rapheal House, Victoria Centre, Pettits Lane, Romford RM1 4HP
- Redbridge Town Hall, 128-142 High Rd, Ilford IG1 1DD
- Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Rd, Woodford, Woodford Green IG8 0BG
- Sir Ludwig Guttmann Centre, 40 Liberty Bridge Rd, East Village, E20 1AS
- Vicarage Fields, Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 8DQ
- Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow E17 7JN
- Wanstead Pharmacy, 75-77 High Street, Wanstead E11 2AE
- Westfield Stratford City, Mountfitchet Road, Olympic Park, E20 1EJ
- General information for the public on the Covid-19 vaccination, including how to get the vaccination, eligibility, side effects and safety.
- COVID-19 parents leaflet - key guidance for parents on the vaccine, the programme, consent and other information
- COVID-19 Vaccination for children and young people aged 12-15 years’ leaflet - information to support conversations with your children about having the vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17 in community languages: English, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Pashto, Polish, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yiddish.
- COVID-19 vaccination guidance for schools - information for schools on the approach to the vaccination programme
- Children’s Covid-19 vaccination leaflets - including the ‘What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination’ leaflet for children aged 12+.
- Easy-read children’s Covid-19 vaccination leaflet - easy-read guides providing information on Covid-19 vaccination.
- Pre COVID-19 vaccination booking checklist for parents of children aged 12 to 15 years
- Information and Frequently Asked Questions for schools, parents, guardians, carers and young people on 12-15 vaccination - including frequently asked questions about issues such as consent and side effects.
- Review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine in 12 to 15 year olds - Information from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on how the vaccine was authorised.
- Detailed information about consent for young people, including Gillick competence - The ‘Green Book’ has the latest information on vaccines and vaccination procedures and issues relating to it.
- COVID-19 vaccinations for children and young people aged 12 to 15 years information leaflet in Spanish
- COVID-19 vaccinations for children and young people aged 12 to 15 years information leaflet in Bengali
- Discover short videos related to Covid vaccine on TikTok - Watch popular content curated by TikTok creators including the World Health Organization and the British Red Cross.
- Read the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists frequently asked questions on vaccines and fertility.