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Children and young people

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 years who have tested positive for coronavirus should wait 12 weeks after the date they were tested to get the vaccine. Those at increased risk can have their coronavirus vaccine from 4 weeks after coronavirus infection.

We understand some parents are understandably nervous about their child receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. It’s up to you and your child to make an informed choice about vaccination. For COVID-19 vaccine information leaflets for children and young people please click here (opens in new tab). You’ll find trusted information about vaccination on the Public Health Wales website (opens in new tab)

The vaccine is strongly recommended for children and young people aged five to 17 who have health conditions that put them at high risk from COVID-19. Other children and young people aged 12 to 17 are advised to get the vaccine.

Parents of children aged five to 11 who are not at high risk may also choose to have their children vaccinated.

However, there are fewer benefits of vaccination in this group.

Getting vaccinated is a safe and effective way to protect against serious illness and hospitalisation with COVID-19.

Who can have the vaccine and when?

The NHS is offering two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people. Those aged five to 17 who are at greater risk from COVID-19 infection will need two doses of the vaccine eight weeks apart. All other children and young people aged five to 17 should be offered their first and second dose of vaccine 12 weeks apart.

What vaccine will be offered to children and young people?

Currently, the preferred vaccine for children and young people aged five to 17 is the Pfizer vaccine (brand name Comirnaty®). Children aged five to 11 will be offered a 10-microgram dose of this vaccine. Young people aged 12 to 17 will be offered a 30-microgram dose, but those aged 12 may be offered either dose. The vaccine for adolescents and adults is effective and safe for them to have. You can read the Pfizer leaflets here:

Accessing the vaccine

Please call 0300 303 8322 or email COVIDEnquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk to book an appointment.

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