Covid-19 Vaccination - Children and Young People

Covid-19 Vaccination - Children aged 5 - 11 at high risk.

Hightown Surgery will not be offering vaccination to this age group.

Please find below a link to guides for parents.

[posted 17.01.22]

COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people aged 12 to 17 years

For 16 and 17 who are not in an at-risk group the JCVI advice that a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine is given 12 weeks or more following the first dose.

[posted 18.11.21]

For information about vaccinations for children aged 12 -15 please go to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group website

or Oxford Health NHS FT website

updated 30.09.21

Vaccinating 16 and 17 year olds

Walk-in COVID vaccine clinics at the Kassam

The mass vaccination centre at the Kassam Stadium is now open to all walk-ins aged 16 and over for first or second doses. Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are available, but the centre does not hold Moderna. Those wanting a vaccination can also still book an appointment at the Kassam Stadium via the National Booking System.

For more information please see here on the OCCG website.

updated 09.09.21


If you live in England and are aged 16 or over, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine from a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without an appointment.

You do not need to be registered with a GP or bring any ID. It might help to bring your NHS number, if you know it.

If you've already had your 1st dose, you need to wait 8 weeks before having your 2nd dose.

If you're under 16 and eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you cannot use these walk-in sites to get vaccinated. Please wait to be contacted by the NHS.

The most up to date information on walk in clinics including venues, dates and times, can be found on OCCG’s website here.

The Oxford Academy venue has been added to the NHS #Grabajab site. Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group are working with Oxford Health on plans to open the Kassam vaccination centre to allow walk-ins from early next week. 

The NHS has opened hundreds of sites where anyone aged 18 or over can turn up to get vaccinated without an appointment over the weekend and is urging anyone who has not received one to ‘grab a jab’.


updated 31.08.21


Eligible 12 - 15 year olds.

update 19th August

New guidance has been issued ensuring all eligible 12-15 year olds (cohort 13) are offered a COVID-19 vaccination appointment by 23 August 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination - a guide for children and young people


16 & 17 year olds

All healthy 16-17 year olds should be offered a vaccination appointment before 23 August 2021


update 12th August 2021

Young people within 3 months of their 18th birthday can book their covid vaccination via the National Booking Service 
16 and 17 year olds are not yet able to book via the National Booking Service or 119 - expected soon.
update 12th August
12 - 15 year olds in eligible groups. Information on where and how they can get their vaccination - expected soon.

Press release 4th August 2021

JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 vaccination of young people aged 16 to 17

Date: 26 July 2021

Vaccinating children and young people in specific groups
You may have seen the news that the NHS is going to vaccinate children and young people in specific groups,
following advice from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation).The groups that are eligible for the vaccination are:
  • 17-year-olds that are within 3 months of turning 18;
  • 12-15-year olds‘ at risk’ with the underlying health conditions specified below:

        severe neuro-disabilities, 

        Down’s Syndrome,

        underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, and

  • those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register
  • Children aged 12 years and older who are household contacts of individuals (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed (this is in addition to 16-17 year olds in this group, who became eligible earlier in the year).
These groups have been selected based on a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness. 
If your child aged 12 to 15 and is in one of the eligible groups, you will be contacted by early September to invite you to book an appointment for them for the vaccination. 
If you are within 3 months of turning 18, you will be invited directly to book your appointments via the national booking service at the appropriate time.
Why is the NHS only vaccinating some children and young people against COVID-19, and not all?
The NHS vaccinates in line with guidance from the independent JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), which provides expert advice on vaccinations to UK health departments. The JCVI recommends that only certain groups of children and young people are vaccinated because of a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness.
My child is in one of the eligible groups. How do I arrange his/her vaccination?
The NHS is aiming to offer vaccination to all children and young people in the eligible groups by the start of the autumn term in September. If your child is in one of the new groups recommended for vaccination by the JCVI, you will be contacted by the NHS before then to arrange for your child’s vaccinations. If you are within 3 months of turning 18, you will be invited directly to book your appointments via the national booking service at the appropriate time
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 have determined it to be safe and effective. The JCVI has determined that the benefit of vaccinating children in these groups outweighs the risks
My child is not in one of the eligible groups. When will they be able to be vaccinated?
There are no current plans to vaccinate children and young people outside of the eligible groups. However, the JCVI is continually reviewing evidence on this matter and will advise the Government if it decides that a change of approach is required.

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