Covid-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15 year-olds

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme - Vaccinations for 12 to 15 year-olds

Following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced that healthy children and young people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

Getting this vaccine to children in a school setting presents a much greater challenge than other vaccination programmes. The Covid-19 vaccine must be prepared onsite, demanding more time and resources. It requires more registered healthcare professionals, compared with other vaccines where support colleagues can assist.

Our immunisation teams may need to return to the same school setting over multiple days and your child may be offered a different date. By the October half-term break, all children aged 12-15 will have received an offer to get their vaccination. In the next couple of weeks, the NHS will invite parents/carers to book appointments at the mass vaccination centre (Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher) for those children aged 12-15 that missed out on their vaccination in a school setting.

Parent/guardians can visit this website to make an appointment if:

  • their child was unwell on the day of vaccination at their school
  • their child has since turned 12 after the vaccinations took place their school
  • their child is needle phobic and/or has anxieties and they wish to accompany them
  • their child is home schooled and/or does not attend a school setting
  • they missed the opportunity to consent for their child's vaccination
  • they would prefer their child to receive their vaccine at the mass vaccination centre at Sandown Park, Esher

Feeling unsure about the vaccine?

Visit Vaccination | Everything COVID 

Designed by young people for young people, here you can learn more about the vaccine and get answers to your questions.

Frequently asked questions

A series of FAQs have produced specifically for 12 to 15 year-old vaccinations, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more FAQs relating to the vaccination programme.

Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Updates page to find out the latest news and updates about the Vaccination Programme in Surrey Heartlands. 

Who will be responsible for giving the COVID-19 vaccine to healthy 12 to 15 year-olds?
  • Vaccination will be carried out by school-aged immunisation service (SAIS) providers, a group of provider organisations such as NHS community trusts who are contracted in local systems to provide routine immunisation services such as flu.

Covid-19 Vaccination Services in Surrey

Vaccination services are running in a number of community locations.

You can find out more, including details of locations and availability of walk-in vaccination clinics with no appointments required on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Centres webpage. Please note we are currently unable to offer walk-in vaccinations for 12 to 15 year-olds.

Covid-19 Vaccination Resources

For a range of helpful resources, including information in community languages, research, videos and much more, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Resources webpage.



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