About the vaccination programme

All children aged 12 to 15 years are being offered the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination, following advice from the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) to the Government.

Very few healthy children and young people with Covid-19 go on to have severe disease, but offering vaccination to 12 to 15 year olds should help to reduce the risk of complications, reduce time out of education, and reduce the spread of Covid-19 within schools.

Children will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is the vaccine approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for children and young people over 12 years of age. This follows a thorough review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine in this age group.

Children can access the second dose from 12 weeks after the first dose. They can also only have a vaccination if they are 12 weeks free of a positive COVID test.

How the programme will work in Gloucestershire

In Gloucestershire, the school-based COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12 to 15 year olds is being delivered by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC). Children who are 12 years old and over on the day the School Age Immunisation Service team visits the school will be offered a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Alternative arrangements will be made for children who are home schooled, in secure services or specialist mental health settings. Children in this age group who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), or live with someone who is immunosuppressed, will be offered two doses and will be contacted by their GP to arrange this (if they haven’t already).

The GHC vaccination team will be working closely with secondary schools to schedule visits to each school in the coming weeks and months. Consent will be sought from the parent, guardian or carer in the same way as for any other school vaccination programme. In Gloucestershire, schools will send out a letter on behalf of the vaccination team with the date of the vaccination offer in school and a link to the online consent form, along with additional information about the programme which you can also find in the resources section below.

In addition to the school vaccination team, some GP-led Primary Care Network (PCN) vaccination sites will be offering drop-in clinics for 12 to 15 year olds.

Drop-in clinics

Children aged 12 to 15 who are attending PCN vaccination sites must be accompanied by parents or guardians to be vaccinated outside of school hours and consent will be sought on the day. Parents and young people are being asked to read the patient information in advance of arriving for their appointment which can be found at: bit.ly/12-15dropin

Children should not attend the drop-in service if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a positive Lateral Flow or PCR test within the last 12 weeks.

A number of clinics are open to drop-ins from children in this age group; the full list is on the main vaccination page here (please check the clinic is vaccinating children in the ‘open to’ column)

Frequently Asked Questions

The government.uk website has lots of useful FAQs, which you can find from around half way down the page.

If you or your young person have any questions that aren’t addressed in the FAQ, you can email the team via GHCCovidMassVaccine@ghc.nhs.uk – please note that they’re receiving a large number of enquiries at the moment and will do their best to respond as quickly as possible.


Resources for eligible children and young people

Easy read resources for eligible children and young people

Resources for schools and parents

The ‘Green Book’ – has the latest information on vaccines and vaccination procedures and issues relating to it – including detailed information about consent for young people, including Gillick competence

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance on the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine in 12 to 15 year olds