Who can have a COVID-19 vaccine?

Please see below information about who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is being sent on behalf of the Director of Children's Services (DCS) for Greenwich. A letter from the DCS to parents is also attached.

People aged 18 and over (or will turn 18 within 3 months)

  • Can book online or call 119 for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
  • Can find a walk-in clinic to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
  • Can follow up with their GP surgery and book an appointment with them

Young people aged 16 and 17

The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available to all 16 and 17 year olds nationwide. Second dosage timings remain under review and you will be updated in due course.

Parental consent is not required provided that the young person has capacity.

In south-east London, young people aged 16 and 17 years can get a vaccine in one of two ways:  

Some children aged 12 to 15

Children aged 12 to 15 can get vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

  • They live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • They have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19:
    • A severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
    • Down's syndrome
    • Severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
    • Condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

If a child is eligible for vaccination, parents will be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments.

There has been no decision made about a wider vaccination roll-out for 12 to 15 year olds. This remains under review and you’ll be updated in due course. 

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