Young People and COVID-19 Vaccinations – Latest Update

October 7, 2021


COVID-19 vaccines are available for children and young people aged 12-17 years old.

Aged 12-15 years?

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in schools has now started. Each school will be offered a visit to provide the vaccination for 12 to 15 year old students. Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination in line with existing school vaccination programmes.

Every parent, guardian or carer will receive a letter with the details of this session for your school, the consent process, and next steps.

The flu vaccination programme in schools will be running alongside the COVID-19 programme, with vaccines administered separately.

Aged 16 to 17 years and 9 months?

If you are aged 16 or over, you may be able to access the vaccine at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sessions. You can check if a site is available near you.

Further information about COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 17 year olds and a list of FAQs are available from the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website, including information about consent.

Aged over 17 years and within 3 months of your 18th birthday?

You can book online, call 119 to book your vaccination appointments or access walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sessions.

Keeping Safe: Testing for COVID-19

If you attend or work at a school, college or nursery, you are advised to do a rapid COVID-19 test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus.

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

You can order rapid tests for home use, collect them from specified pick-up points or attend a testing site.

If you attend or work at a school, college or nursery you can get rapid tests through your school, college or nursery.

Primary school children will not be regularly asymptomatically tested as per the Schools COVID-19 Operational Guidance

For further information on COVID-19 testing, including how and where you can obtain rapid tests, please visit the NHS website.

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