All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered. Most children will be given their vaccine at school.
The 12-15 year olds with heart conditions who should be offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine has been considered within the British Congenital Cardiac Association. Most children with heart conditions do not fall within this group. The BCCA guidelines can be read here.
Some children will be offered two doses of the vaccine if either:
NHS England have advised that the risk of harm from contracting Covid-19 is greater than the risk of harm from the vaccine itself. If, however, you have concerns please seek the advice from your child’s cardiologist.
If your child is eligible for two doses of the vaccine, you’ll be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments.
The position regarding consent is as follows: