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Advice for children aged 12 – 15 year-olds and their parents or guardians
Two doses of COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to children aged 12 – 15. This includes children who turn 12 on the date of the vaccination.
Most 12 – 15-year olds will be offered their vaccine at school, during school hours.
This will be subject to parental consent, and parents or guardians will receive a letter or email containing information about the vaccine and when it will be offered.
A set of COVID-19 vaccination resources are available on GOV.UK in a variety of languages, Braille and Easy Read. These resources are to help children, young people and their parents or guardians to make a decision about whether to get vaccinated.
People are advised to wait six months since their previous dose to get maximum protection from the spring booster.
You'll usually be contacted by the NHS, inviting you to book when it is due.
The appointment dates you'll be offered start from three months (91 days) after your previous dose, but booking an appointment around six months after your previous dose is preferable.
COVID-19 vaccine side effects
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects.
Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and shouldn't last longer than a week, such as:
a sore arm where the needle went in
feeling or being sick
For more information on side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the NHS website
Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site
You can report suspected side effects to the COVID-19 vaccines to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency through the Yellow Card reporting site
The Yellow Card Scheme is available to report suspected side effects from all medicines including vaccines, prescribed or over the counter drugs, herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies, all medical devices available on the UK market and reports of safety concerns associated with e-cigarette products.
Information about the vaccine, including its safety and effectiveness and how it provides the best available protection from COVID-19: