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.
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.
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:
If you live in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire and are aged 12 or over, drop-in clinics are available at all mass vaccination centres. Please visit our mass vaccination centre page (opens in new tab) and click on your nearest centre for drop-in clinic times.
If you would prefer to schedule an appointment, please phone our booking team on 0300 303 8322 or email COVIDEnquiries.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have parental responsibility for a child aged 5 to 11 years old, this is strictly by appointment only. No drop-ins. Please call 0300 303 8322 or email COVIDEnquiries.email@example.com to book an appointment.