Vaccination Programme for 12 to 15 year olds

The UK’s Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) all agree that while COVID-19 is typically mild or asymptomatic in most young people, it can be very unpleasant for some and one dose of the vaccine will provide good protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.

Vaccinating 12 to 15-year-olds should also help to reduce the need for young people to have time-off school and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within schools.

The COVID-19 secondary schools vaccine programme should therefore provide protection to young people and reduce the disruption to face to face education. This will help to keep young people emotionally well and happier.

Healthy school-aged children aged 12 to 15 will primarily receive one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination in their school, with alternative provision for those who are home schooled, in secure services or specialist mental health settings.

Schools will have three primary roles which will be familiar to them from other vaccination programmes:

  1. to provide information to the Somerset’s School Age Immunisation Nursing Team (SAINT) on which children on their roll are eligible for the vaccine,
  2. to share the information leaflet, consent form and invitation letter supplied by the SAINT with parents and children, and
  3. to provide the space within school, and the time away from the timetable, to enable vaccinations to take place.

Invitations for the jabs are being sent now and parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination. This is a well-established process used for all school vaccination programmes.

The UK Health Security Agency published COVID-19 vaccination guidance and resources for schools. The guidance for schools has been produced to assist all school staff and headteachers with any questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The COVID-19 vaccination invitation letter template can be downloaded and sent to parents of eligible children, along with an accompanying information leaflet and consent form.

Somerset’s School Age Immunisation Nursing Team (SAINT) is managing the roll out and administration of the COVID-19 vaccines in schools, including special schools.


For special schools and residential settings – COVID-19 Case Management

Please notify Public Health England if two or more children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days.  swhpt@phe.gov.uk

Contact Somerset County Council Public Health, or Public Health England for additional queries or support 01823 356100, where you can leave a message or email us at sccphincidentroom@somerset.gov.uk

Please visit the Somerset County Councils’ Covid-19 Schools Toolkit for further information.

SEND and specialist settings: additional COVID-19 operational guidance – GOV.UK


 

Submitted by Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team