You will be aware from government announcements and media coverage that healthy children aged 12-15 are being offered the opportunity to have a first dose COVID-19 vaccine.
This follows advice from the UK’s four chief medical officers who said that there was a benefit to children in relation to maintaining their education with concerns that missing face-to-face school had a “massive impact” on children, both physically, emotional and in terms of their life chances. While school closures are unlikely, disruption to face-to-face education will continue because pupils and teachers who test positive have to isolate for 10 days. Already children over the age of 12 who have underlying health conditions themselves or are living with people who are immunosuppressed have been offered vaccination.
School vaccination services will offer COVID-19 vaccination and parents will be asked to give their consent. This follows the same process for flu vaccination.
Before then further information will be provided to allow parents and children to decide if they wish to take up the offer of COVID-19 vaccination.