Children aged 5 to 11
Children and young people aged 5 to 11 who are at serious risk from the complications of COVID-19 infection, and those living with people who have a weakened immune system, are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more in this guide for parents
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has also now advised that all children aged 5 to 11 who are not in a clinical risk group should be offered a non-urgent offer of two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Further advice regarding delivery of this will be shared in due course.
Children aged 12-15
The Government, following the advice of JCVI, announced that people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, with the second dose no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose.
Expanding vaccination to those aged 12 to 15 plays a vital part in reducing the disruption to face-to-face education this winter and supporting their future prospects, mental health and wellbeing.
Young people aged 16 and 17
Young people aged 16 and 17 are already eligible to get their vaccine. Those who have not yet had their vaccination were also offered the first dose at their school.
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19
If tested positive for COVID-19, your child will need to wait a number of weeks before they can get vaccinated:
- 12 weeks (84 days) if you’re under 18 years of age
- 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 12 to 15 years old and at higher risk from COVID-19
This starts from the date your child had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if your child did not have any symptoms.