All children aged 12 years old and over are being offered two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
- 16 and 17-year-olds can now book their second dose – this is normally given 12 weeks after their first
- 12 to 15 year olds will be offered a second dose three months after the first - some have already been invited for a second jab, but NHS systems are still being updated to allow all eligible children to make an appointment
If anyone under 18 years old tests positive for COVID-19, they should wait 12 weeks before being vaccinated, because of an extremely small risk of heart inflammation (this doesn’t apply to children in higher risk groups). No vaccine is currently approved for under-12 year olds in the UK.