Latest news about vaccination for children and young people
16 or 17 year olds
If you have a 16 or 17 year old, your child can be vaccinated if you and they want this. There are walk in clinics across Sussex this week which you can use instead of booking via the invitation from your GP-linked vaccination service. Details of walk in sessions are here https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/how-do-i-get-my-jab/walk-in-vaccination-sessions/
If your 16 or 17 year old needs reasonable adjustments to make the process easier, you will still want to get a booked appointment so you can ask for these.
12 to 15 year olds
If you have a 12 to 15 year old who is currently eligible for vaccination (with severe neurodisabilities, severe learning disabilities or immunosuppressed) you should have received an invitation for vaccination by now. If you think your child is in this group and you haven’t heard yet, you should contact your GP to check. You cannot book via the national booking service on 119. Your invitation will tell you how to book locally.
In Brighton & Hove, all 12 to 15 year olds who are currently eligible are being vaccinated at the Racecourse. There are special clinics there on 10, 17 and 19 September. These are not walk in sessions. You need to call 0300 303 8060 to book and this will be a chance to explain any extra arrangements your child needs.
This photo story can help you prepare. Having a Vaccine at the Race Course Photo Story
In East Sussex you will be invited to a local session which might be at your GPs surgery or a centre for a group of GP practices. Local teams are able to help with any special arrangements. You may still find the photo story above helpful as the process is similar everywhere.
More 12 to 15 year olds are likely to be offered vaccination soon. The government has just been advised to vaccinate children in this age group with a number of conditions, for example autism, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease and poorly controlled asthma. You will find a link to a full list on our Covid-19 health page. The date when this will start has not been announced yet. The government is also believed to be considering the possibility of offering vaccination to everyone age 12 and over.
This information is to help families who want to take up vaccination for Covid-19. We recognise that vaccination is a personal choice. Comments about this question rather than specific queries will be removed.