Emailed to parents and carers 13/1/22

A message from the School Age Immunisation Service

What to do if your 12-15 year-old child missed their appointment at school to receive their Covid vaccination

This would be in the event where a child missed the opportunity to be vaccinated for Covid-19 (1st or 2nd doses) at a school session, as arranged by the Community School Age Immunisation Service run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.

If, for any reason, your child missed the opportunity to receive their vaccination at school, or were declined their vaccination because they tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks, you have the following alternative options.

You will need to accompany your child to any venues offering the vaccination to give consent:

 Booking vaccination appointments online

You can book your child’s 1st dose online from the day they turn 12. You can usually book their 2nd dose from 24 hours after they had their 1st dose. You will be offered appointment dates from 12 weeks after their 1st dose.

Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Getting the vaccine at a walk-in vaccination site

Your child can get a 1st dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site from the day they turn 12. They can get a 2nd dose if it’s been 12 weeks since their 1st dose.

Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site

Vaccines remain our best weapon against this virus. We have seen uptake increase nationally to 50.6%, however there is substantial variation between regions. Therefore, whilst waiting for confirmation of an on-site visit from a SAIS team, we encourage schools to continue signposting parents to book out-of-school vaccinations for their child, if aged 12 or over, through the NHS booking system.

The benefits of the vaccine are clear:

It is estimated that a 60% vaccine uptake among healthy 12 to 15 year olds will reduce confirmed cases of COVID-19 in this group in the period up to 31 March 2022 by 33%. This equates to a reduction of 110,000 school days absent in this age group due to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Research shows that those who do become infected 3 weeks after receiving one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccine are between 38% and 49% less likely to pass the virus on to their household contacts than those who are unvaccinated.

Kind Regards

The Hertfordshire and East Anglia Community School Age Immunisation Service
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Tel: 0300 555 5055 | e-mail: hct.csaissuffolk@nhs.net| Twitter: @HCTNHS