Children aged 5 to 11
JCVI have recommended that 5- to 11-year-olds who are in high clinical risk groups, immunosuppressed, or living with people who are immunosuppressed, should receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty®) with an interval of 8 weeks between the first and second doses.
Further advice regarding COVID-19 vaccination for other 5- to 11-year-olds will be issued 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.