UK’s Chief Medical Officers announced in September that all 12 to 15-year olds will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of the national vaccination programme.
There are two main ways that 12 – 15-year-olds in Manchester can get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
1. Vaccination in school
Vaccinations are being delivered on school sites in Manchester by the Manchester Local Care Organisation NHS School Health Immunisation Service. The same team delivers a range of other school-age vaccinations in the city’s schools as part of their regular work. They are therefore experienced at delivering vaccines in these settings.
As part of this programme, every secondary school (including SEND and private schools) will be visited. All schools will be visited between the end of September and the end of November.
Similar to other vaccinations, parental consent is being sought via regular school channels. Parents are sent an electronic consent form, the national letter, and an information leaflet before the school visit. This will help parents and children have informed discussions on whether to take up the vaccination offer.
2. Booking your child directly through the COVID-19 vaccination national booking service
The Government announced on Thursday 21 October that parents of 12 – 15-year-olds can also now book a COVID-19 vaccination for their child directly through the national booking service.
This allows parents to book a child’s COVID-19 vaccination at one of the mass vaccination centres such as the Etihad Campus site in Manchester. This offer is also likely to extend to a number of other local community-based vaccination sites (like community pharmacies). But please note that these may not be available as an option straight away.
This national offer is in addition to the in-school COVID-19 vaccination programme. This gives you more options for accessing the vaccination for your child. You could also wait for your child’s school to be visited by the vaccination team, instead of using the national service.
If your child has missed vaccination at school
Importantly, you can also use the national booking service for booking a vaccination if your child missed their vaccination. For example, if they were absent from school on the day the immunisation team visited or if consent was not received by the school team in time.
Please bear in mind that if your child has had a recent positive Covid test they will have to wait 28 days from the date of the test (or when their symptoms started) before being able to be vaccinated.
How to book using the national booking service
Booking for 12-15-year-olds is due to open on the National Booking Service from the end of Friday 22 October. There are two ways to book using the national booking service:
To book online:
To book on the phone:
- If you cannot book your appointment online, phone 119 free of charge, 7 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week. You can ask someone else to do this for you. Please let us know if you need an interpreter.
- You can use the textphone number 18001 119 or the NHS British Sign Language interpreter service at www.interpreternow.co.uk/nhs119
Where to find further information about the COVID-19 vaccination for 12 – 15-year-olds?
The NHS is encouraging parents and guardians to have a discussion with children as soon as possible about the vaccination so an informed decision can be made. There are a range of national leaflets available that explain more about the vaccine, the benefits and the side effects.
Information for young people is also available in a range of other languages. Click the options below to read the information in that language on the Health Publications website.
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