The JCVI (who advise the government on which vaccines to use) advises that children and young people aged 12 to 15 years with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID19 illness or who live with a severely immunosuppressed person, plus all 16 and 17-year-olds should be offered COVID-19 vaccinations. You can read more about this here.
This now applies to:
- All 16 and 17-year-olds
- 12 to 15-year-olds with a serious underlying health condition or those living in a house with others who are severely immunosuppressed
Local vaccination centres now have the information needed to proceed with vaccination of this group, so GPs will be getting in touch with their patients (or the parents and guardians) over the coming days.
- If anyone in the 16 and 17-year-old age groups are deemed to be at clinical risk, they will be having two doses of the vaccine, as per existing JCVI advice. This is the same as any 12-15-year-olds at clinical risk.
- Other 16 and 17-year-olds who are not deemed to be at clinical risk, will be having one dose under current advice.
What to do now:
- If you are the parent or guardian of a 12-15 year-old in this at risk group, your GP will be in touch.
- For young people aged 16 and 17, your GP may be in touch to let you know you can get vaccinated.
For more information and FAQs, please click here.
You can read the JCVI statement here.
Information about who is eligible for the jab is available here.