Vaccinations for 16 & 17 year olds

Updated 1 December 2021

The NHS is now offering two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to all young people aged 16 to 17 years to help give them longer lasting protection.

Those young people who are at greater risk of serious illness if they catch COVID-19 will already have been offered 2 doses of vaccine, given 8 weeks apart.

People do not have to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated, although it will make the process easier so they should bring this if they can.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

How does a 16-17 year old arrange his/her vaccination?

The NHS will continue to contact people to arrange a vaccination when they are eligible.

They can book an appointment via the National Booking Service. They can book for a second dose by calling 119.

Those age 16 to 17 can also find a convenient walk-in site near to where they live at www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab. The finder shows which doses are offered at each location and to which age groups.

How do I know the vaccine is safe for my child?

The JCVI has reviewed extensive clinical evidence for the safety of giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people in the eligible groups and have determined it to be safe and effective. The JCVI has determined that the benefit of vaccinating children in these groups outweighs the risks.

Which type of COVID-19 vaccination should 16-17 year olds be offered?

The Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine is the only vaccine authorised for those aged 16 and 17.

 

Further information

The leaflets below have been produced by the NHS and Public Health England to provide further information on the Covid-19 vaccine and what to expect for children and young people:

Covid-19 vaccination: a guide for children and young people

What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination: advice for children and young people

Are you 16 or 17? Your guide to a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine