Covid-19 vaccination for 12-15 year olds

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is now open to all 12-15 year olds. 12-15 years old have been offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Getting the vaccination is the best protection against the virus and we want to make it easy for children and their families to get this extra protection as quickly as possible. There are now multiple ways for this group to get the vaccine:  

We need to ensure that children continue to get the protection that will help them stay in the classroom over winter as well as protecting their loved ones and communities. Please share this information with your networks and encourage those around you to book an appointment today.  

We encourage parents and guardians to discuss vaccinations with their children. Anyone who still has questions about the Covid-19 vaccine can come along to one of our local vaccination sites and talk to our friendly teams. There is no pressure to get vaccinated if you visit a site and are still unsure.

If you still have questions or want to know more we are opportunities for parents and young people to find our more through webinar programme. Upcoming webinars and access to previous webinars can be found below.

In light of the new guidance from the JCVI, the NHS is working at pace to put in place the next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. This includes:

  • a 2nd dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old who are not already eligible

Please note that this is not yet available and individuals should wait to be contacted by the NHS.

More information about 12-15 year old vaccinations

Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon – Location: 21 North End, Croydon, CR0 1TY

  • 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Thursday 2nd December to Saturday 4th December 2021

Valley Park Surgery, Croydon Location: Valley Park Surgery, Franklin Way, Croydon CR0 4YD

  • 9am to 4pm,Wednesday 1st December and Friday 3rd December 2021

Hawks Road Health Clinic, Kingston-upon-Thames – Location: Hawks Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3EW

  • 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Monday 29th November and Friday 3rd December 2021

Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon – Location: 4 Queen’s Rd, London, SW19 8YE

  • 3.30pm to 7pm, Thursday 2nd December to Saturday 4th December 2021

St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton : 3 St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1AY

  • 3.30pm to 7pm, Thursday 2nd December and Friday 3rd December 2021

Roehampton Vaccination Centre – Location: QMH Carpark Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton Ln, London SW15 5PN

  • 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Monday 29th November and Friday 3rd December 2021

Harlequins Rugby Ground, Twickenham – Location: Langhorn Dr, Twickenham, TW2 7SX

  • 3.30pm to 6.30 pm, Tuesday 30th November and Thursday 2nd December 2021

The Wilson Hospital, Mitcham – Location: Cranmer Rd, London CR4 4LD

  • 8.40am to 7.20pm, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 2021

When enough people get vaccinated, it’s harder for a disease to spread to those who can’t have vaccines. Getting vaccinated protects not only protect you but also your family, friends, and community and It’s much safer for your immune system to learn to fight illnesses through vaccination than by catching and treating them.

Details of which vaccination sites are open to 12-15 year olds can be found here – https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/where-can-you-get-vaccinated/vaccination-walk-in-clinics/.

You can book an appointment using the National Booking system: Book or manage a 1st or 2nd dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

18 November 2021, 6:30-7:30pm – webinar for parents of 12-15 year olds in Croydon. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-webinar-for-parents-and-carers-of-12-15-year-olds-tickets-209198507367

23 November 2021, 6:30-7:30pm – webinar for parents of 12-15 year olds in Wandsworth. Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wandsworth-covid-19-vaccine-webinar-for-parents-and-carers-of-12-15-yr-olds-tickets-209799214097

A recording of the webinar held in Merton for parents of 12-15 year olds can be found on this link: Webinar for parents with children aged 12 to 15 in Merton ahead of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign – YouTube

A recording of the webinar held in Kingston and Richmond for parents of 12-15 year olds can be found on this link: Parent COVID-19 vaccine Q&A – YouTube

A recording of the webinar held in Sutton for parents of 12-15 year olds can be found on this link: Sutton webinar for Parents/guardians/cares about the COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12 to 15 – YouTube .

Which vaccine will 12-15 year olds receive and how many doses? 

If you’re under 18, you’ll only be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and most children and young people aged 12 to 17 are currently only being offered a 1st dose. Some children who are at increased risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone who is severely immunosuppressed,are being offered 2 doses of the vaccine. 

Is it safe for under 18 to have a COVID-19 vaccine and what are the side effects?

Research and data shows that the most common adverse effects following vaccination in children aged 12 to 17 years are injection site pain, fever and headache. These reactions are generally mild, self-limiting and short-lived, typically lasting 1 to 2 days.

Real-world data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in children is currently limited, but there have been extremely rare reports of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane around the heart) following the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in millions of younger adults.

How will needle phobia be managed?

The team delivering vaccinated at local vaccination sites are experienced and will use practised methods to avoid any anxiety and stress, among young people. We have allowed for enough time to manage needle phobia. As a parent, please do give them reassurance.  

How will the consent process be managed for 12-15 year olds?

All parents, or those with parental responsibility, are asked for consent and will usually make this decision jointly with their children. The information leaflet is addressed to the child (as the recipient of the vaccine) and encourages them to discuss the decision about the vaccine with their parents. We ask and encourage conversations at home so parents and guardians talk about the vaccination with their children, and we will be happy to answer any questions. Healthcare professionals will speak to the young person and make every effort to contact the parent to seek their verbal consent. Young people may express a wish to have the vaccine and may have the capacity to provide informed consent themselves.  Healthcare professionals have expertise in vaccinating young people and will be responsible for assessing whether they have enough understanding to self-consent. 

A full list of frequently asked questions can be found here.

Merton Webinar for parents of 12-15 year olds

We recently held a webinar in partnership with Merton council for local parents of 12-15 year olds. Attendees were able to ask local clinicians their questions and hear more about the programme.

Kingston and Richmond Webinar for parents of 12-15 year olds

We held a webinar for parents in Kingston and Richmond to find out more about the vaccine. This was in partnership with our local authority colleagues and advertised to all local parents of 12-15 year olds.

Sutton Webinar for parents of 12-15 year olds

We held a webinar for parents in Sutton to find out more about the vaccine. This was in partnership with our local authority colleagues and advertised to all local parents of 12-15 year olds.

Croydon Webinar for parents of 12-15 year olds

We recently held a webinar for parents of 12-15 year olds in Croydon. This was an opportunity to find our more the vaccine. The webinar was created in collaboration with our colleagues at Croydon council.

Wandsworth Webinar for parents of 12-15 year olds

In partnership with Wandsworth council, we held a webinar for parents of 12–15 year-olds. This was an opportunity for parents to ask questions and receive more information on the vaccine.