Children & Young People Covid-19 Vaccination
Young people aged 16 and 17 will be offered a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. They will not need parental consent to access a vaccination.
Evidence shows the Pfizer vaccine provides 80% protection from becoming seriously ill or hospitalised with COVID-19. The vaccine has been extensively tested for safety by scientists worldwide and has already been given to millions of people across the UK.
Vaccination teams in Norfolk and Waveney are making plans to vaccinate some 12-15 year olds who are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
Young people aged 12-15 may be eligible if they are:
- at increased risk of serious illness from COVID infection. This includes children with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s Syndrome, underlying conditions that result in immunosuppression and/or profound and multiple learning disabilities or severe learning disabilities; or
- household contacts of individuals (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed.
From Monday August 23rd, this group will begin to receive letters inviting them to attend for vaccination. These letters will come from the local NHS and will include details about where to get the vaccine. Please don’t worry if you don’t receive a letter immediately, if you are eligible this will be sent to you shortly. Please don’t contact your GP practice directly; your local NHS will be in touch with you.
Who Can Help?
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.
You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.