The NHS is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations (free of charge) to children aged 12 to 15 in schools across the Black Country and West Birmingham.
We want to make it easy for children to access one dose of the vaccine before the winter. It will provide protection to the children and it may also help to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the wider population.
Parents or guardians of children aged 12 to 15 will receive letters from their child’s school who are offering the COVID-19 vaccine as part of its School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS).
During the vaccination delivery, a range of measures will be maintained to keep your child safe from COVID-19.
Your child’s school may have a vaccination session already arranged. If not, it will be booked very soon - the school will inform you when this will take place. The vaccinations will be carried out by an NHS immunisation team.
To vaccinate your child, we require parental consent.
NHS consent will be distributed by your child's school with a link to an e-consent form to be completed for each child.
There is a limited period of time for you to complete the e-consent form - the email you receive will detail the date by which you must give your consent for your child to receive the vaccine.
On vaccination day, only children with consent will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Please be reassured that should you respond to say you do not wish your child to be vaccinated at all on the day, your child will not be vaccinated.
Fake consent forms
We've heard reports from a number of schools that you may have been emailed a document that attempts to pass as a consent checklist for COVID-19. We understand how convincing material of this kind can be.
However, this is NOT from the NHS and it is NOT GENUINE. It contains inaccurate and misleading information. Please do not distribute.
Parents or guardians do not need to contact their local GP or other NHS services, nor make an appointment through the National Booking Service. SAIS providers will put in place processes to exclude children that have already received a first dose under previous JCVI advice.
Please do take the time to read the additional information below to help you and your child to make an informed decision about the COVID-19 vaccination.
The government have produced:
- information for parents and carers, which you can read here: COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents
- a leaflet about the COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to15-year-olds, which you can read with your child: COVID-19 vaccination – A guide for children and young people
other information and resources for children and young people: COVID-19 vaccination resources for children and young people
information for schools about the COVID-19 vaccination: COVID-19 vaccination resources for schools
Watch a local GP talk about the COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds, and check out some of the frequently asked questions below.
Frequently asked questions
The information we ask your child’s school to send you tells you which vaccinations are taking place. The COVID-19 vaccination programme is being offered to all 12-15 year olds.
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine is an intramuscular injection that will be given in the left or right upper arm.
The School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) team sends information to your child’s school for them to forward to you, on our behalf. Details include the date we’ll be visiting your child’s school and which vaccinations we will be administering. There will also be information about the vaccinations and a link to complete an e-consent form. This needs to be returned to school as quickly as possible.
The vaccination will only be given to your child with consent from the person who has parental responsibility for them. In the information we send you via the school, we ask you to tell us whether you do or don’t want your child to be vaccinated. We’ll be asking you to consent (or not) for the COVID-19 vaccine.
If your child is unable to get vaccinated during the school schedule as planned, they will be offered an appointment at a local venue.
If your child has a sore arm or any of the usual mild symptoms, they should still attend school. If you’re worried about any symptoms your child may have, please refer to the information your child brings home or call NHS 111.
Most young people want to be vaccinated with their school friends and classmates. The SAIS team delivers vaccines to thousands of children and young people every year. They are very skilled and supportive of children who are worried or scared. Please tell us if your child is concerned about needles when you complete the form so we can look after them in school. You can also contact your GP to see if they will provide your child with the vaccine.
If your child has had COVID-19 more than 28 days before the vaccination day, they can have the vaccine. If they are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when the SAIS visit the school, they will be offered an alternative appointment.
The consent for a child or young person to receive a vaccine needs to be from someone who has delegated authority to give permissions for immunisations. If you don’t have this, you’ll need to speak with the child’s social worker to arrange this.
No. If you indicate on the form that you don’t want your child to be COVID-19 vaccinated on the day, we won’t vaccinate your child. It is important that you discuss the vaccination with your child beforehand to avoid any problems and that you complete the consent form indicating your decision.
Yes, we will offer a first vaccination through the SAIS team as long as we have consent from the person with parental responsibility for your child. You will receive a consent form so that you can indicate your preference for your child.
No, the vaccine can only able to be given to children and young people aged 12 and over.