Vaccine advice for parents and carers

You will have seen in the media that the Government plans to rollout vaccines for Covid-19. The vaccine was first offered to priority groups outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and can be found on page eight of this document >>

Below you will find information on who is eligible for a vaccine and how to book a vaccination appointment if you are eligible.

How to book a vaccination appointment if you are eligible

  • In England – you can book a vaccination appointment by contacting your GP directly or through the NHS England website here >>
  • In Scotland – Your local health board should contact you directly with details of your appointment once you are eligible. If you are aged between 18 and 29, you can register for a vaccine here >>
  • In Wales – You will be contacted directly by the NHS once you are eligible for a vaccine. The Welsh Government have a webpage with information on what to do if you think you have been missed during the vaccine rollout here>>
  • In Northern Ireland – you can book vaccination appointments online here >> or by phone: 0300 200 7813
  • Some areas also have walk in vaccination centres, with information available soon on the NHS website here>> 

Parents, carers, and anyone aged 18 or over

Anyone aged 18 or over can book a vaccine appointment using the methods listed above.

Receiving a vaccine is a choice and some carers may not wish to receive the vaccine. Vaccines are currently not mandatory for all carers. From October, the vaccine will be mandatory for people who work in care homes only.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and ‘at risk’ young people aged 16 – 18

CEV and ‘at risk’ people aged 16 or over currently fall under priority 4 and should be able to book a vaccination appointment now. ‘At risk’ people are not classed as CEV but have conditions or are in settings that put them at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19. A complete list of people who are be included in the at risk category can be in the JCVI guidance, p9-10. Click here to read the guidance >>

CEV and at risk children aged 12 to 15

The JCVI changed its guidance recently, and is now recommending that that children aged 12 years and over with “specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious Covid-19” should be offered a Covid-19 vaccination.

The JCVI advises that the following children should now be offered a Covid-19 vaccine: “children 12 to 15 years of age with

  • severe neuro-disabilities,
  • Down’s syndrome,
  • underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression,
  • those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register”

Find out more from the JCVI’s full statement on the vaccination of children and young people, July 2021 >>

So far, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use in children aged 12-15.

Children aged 12 or over who live with an immunosuppressed person

The JCVI also recommends that children aged 12 or over who are in the same household as someone who is immunosuppressed should be offered a Covid-19 vaccine. This could mean that siblings of a child with complex needs who is immunosuppressed will be eligible for a vaccine.

Children aged 11 or under

No vaccine has yet been approved for use in children aged 11 or under. The JCVI states: “Clinical trials are underway in pre-school and primary-school aged students. Vaccines are only likely to be approved for use in these age groups after summer 2021. JCVI will continue to update its advice as new data emerge.”

The information on this page is every two weeks. Last reviewed 20/07/21

Callum Campbell, WellChild Family Information Officer