Frequently asked questions about vaccinating children and young people

How old do children have to be to get the vaccine?

Everyone aged 12 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine.  

Everyone aged 16 and over who had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago can get a booster dose.

Some children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a booster and details can be found on the NHS website.

Where can children and young people get their vaccination?

They can either visit one of the walk-in clinics that offer jabs to their age group or wait to be contacted by their GP. Details of suitable clinics in Wakefield are available on our website at or you can use the NHS site finder to search for sites near your postcode.

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 found it to be safe and effective.

All the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety and effectiveness and have gone through all the same clinical trials and safety checks that all other licensed medicines have to complete before they can be used. So far, millions of people have had a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare.

Which vaccine will children and young people be offered?

In line with JCVI guidance, children and young people will be given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

If I have already had COVID-19, do I still need to have a vaccination?

Yes. Getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had COVID-19 as it is for those who haven’t, including people who have lingering mild symptoms.

Do I have to be registered with a GP to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

No. Anyone can get a vaccine, even if they do not have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP. The simplest way to do this is to go one of the walk-in vaccination services details are available on our webiste (including details about the age groups eligible at specific clinics) at


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