Covid-19 Vaccination for children and young people in specific groups

The Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZenica COVID-19 vaccines are now being rolled out across Camden to eligible groups. Mass vaccination hubs are offering appointment to everyone aged 16 or over. You can learn more and book here.

The latest information on benefits and risks of the Astra Zeneca vaccination can be found here.

For more details about vaccination at Camden GP Hubs, click here.

The rest of this page provides details about vaccination for children and young people in specific groups.

You may have seen the news that the NHS is going to vaccinate children and young people in specific groups, following advice from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation).

The groups that are eligible for the vaccination are:

  • 16 and 17-year-olds;
  • 12-15-year olds‘at risk’ with the underlying health conditions specified below:
    • severe neuro-disabilities,
    • Down’s Syndrome,
    • underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, and
    • those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register
  • Children aged 12 years and older who arehousehold contacts of individuals (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed.

These groups have been selected based on a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness.

If your child aged 12 to 15 and is in one of the eligible groups, we will contact you by early September to invite you to book appointments for them for the vaccination.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can get your 1st dose of a COVID-19.
The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get the vaccine. You’ll be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery.
You cannot book your appointment online.
Some walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to people aged 16 and 17. Click here to check if a site is available near you.

Why is the NHS only vaccinating some children and young people against COVID-19, and not all?

The NHS vaccinates in line with guidance from the independent JCVI (Joint Committeeon Vaccination and Immunisation), which provides expert advice on vaccinations to UKhealth departments. The JCVI recommends that only certain groups of children and young people are vaccinated because of a combination of factors including their risk ofgetting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill,and evidence of safety and effectiveness.

My child is in one of the eligible groups. How do I arrange his/her vaccination?

The NHS is aiming to offer vaccination to all children and young people in the eligible groups by the start of the autumn term in September. If your child is in one of the new groups recommended for vaccination by the JCVI, you will be contacted by the NHS before then to arrange for your child’s vaccinations.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you will be contacted by the NHS when it’s your turn to get the vaccine.

How do I know the vaccine is safe for my child?

The JCVI has reviewed extensive clinical evidence for the safety of giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people in the eligible groups and have determined it to be safe and effective. The JCVI has determined that the benefit of vaccinating children in these groups outweighs the risks.

My child is not in one of the eligible groups. When will they be able to be vaccinated?

There are no current plans to vaccinate children and young people outside of the eligible groups. However, the JCVI is continually reviewing evidence on this matter and will advise the Government if it decides that a change of approach is required.