Online COVID-19 vaccination bookings now available for 12-15 year-olds in Buckinghamshire
Parents and guardians in Buckinghamshire can now book COVID-19 vaccinations online for children aged 12-15 years if they have not yet had their jab at school or have missed it for any reason.
This means children can get vaccinated over the half-term break to make sure they are protected as quickly as possible going back to school. With COVID-19 cases rising highest amongst children in secondary school age groups and young people in general, this will also help to keep their families and loved ones safer from spreading infections.
Parents can now go online to check the National Booking Service to see what appointments are available for this age group at vaccination sites near them. In Buckinghamshire, these include sites in the following locations (with more expected to be available soon):
- High Wycombe
- Stoke Mandeville (the Guttmann Vaccination Centre will be offering vaccinations throughout half-term)
Parents can also book to take their children to the Kassam Stadium in Oxford if that would be more convenient.
Book an appointment online or call 119.
Parents and guardians are advised to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get jabbed outside of school hours and informed consent will be sought on the day. Parents and young people are being asked to read the patient information in advance of arriving for their appointment.
Access the patient information online.
If a child has already been invited for a vaccination at a future date via the school’s immunisation programme, parents can choose either to keep that appointment or make one sooner online.
Angela Macpherson, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is great news and gives more children the chance to get vaccinated over the half-term break. COVID-19 cases are rising and, combined with other winter illnesses like flu, this means the next few months will be challenging for our healthcare services and for us all. By taking advantage of the vaccination offers available as soon as possible – whether for young people or others who are invited to have a booster jab – we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safer.
“We would urge any parent or guardian who is unsure about the vaccine to look at the available information leaflets with their child so that together they can make an informed choice.”