VACCINATION INFO - 12-15 YEAR OLD s
September 9 2021
FAQS: COVID-19 Vaccination for eligible 12-15 year olds
Why can’t I get my child vaccinated at your practice?
Our practice joined the vaccination programme and we have helped the local NHS deliver well over a million vaccinations. At this moment in time, we are not offering the COVID-19 vaccine at our practice, which is why we cannot invite your child to have their vaccine at our surgery.
We are working closely with the CCG to ensure that all of our eligible 12-15 year old patients can access the vaccine safely. All parents/carers of eligible children will shortly receive a letter from the GP Practice with details of where they can be vaccinated.
Where can they be vaccinated?
If the child/young person attends a special school in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, you will be contacted by their school offering a date for vaccination in the school setting in September 2021. Consent and medical screening paperwork will be sent to you to complete and return on the day of vaccination.
Otherwise from, 10 September 2021, they can walk-in without booking to one of the large scale Vaccination Centres, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. All patients aged 12-15 should be accompanied to receive their vaccine by someone with parental responsibility. Patients aged 12-15 will be required to present their GP letter when attending a Mass Vaccination Centre as proof of eligibility. Dedicated clinics for 12-15 year olds are not possible at large scale Vaccination Sites, however an allocated space/Pod will be available specifically for 12-15yr olds. For details of available sites, please look here: https://www.thevaccinators.co.uk/
If you are concerned that your child/young person will not cope with the large scale vaccination centre environment and they do not attend a special school, please contact us on email@example.com and the large scale vaccination team will explore with you how they might best be supported.
Can I access travel support to help me get me and my child to the vaccination appointment?
Yes. If you need travel support to help you and your child attend the vaccination appointment, you can arrange this by calling the Local Authorities’ travel support team via 0345 045 5219.
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.
Do I need to be present for my child’s vaccination?
Yes, if your child is aged 12-15 you or another legal guardian will need to be present for their vaccination in order to give consent for the vaccination.
You will be required to present the letter you have received from your GP practice when attending for appointment as proof of the child’s eligibility.
Why isn’t my child eligible?
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.
Where can I find further information about COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds
There are a number of patient information leaflets and videos available:
General information leaflet:
General information leaflet (easyread):
There is also a short, animated video which talks through the vaccination process:
COVID-19 VACCINATION AND BLOOD CLOTTING
For the latest information regarding the Covid-19 vaccination and blood clotting please see the the PHE Guidance below.
COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME UPDATE
Please see the picture below which explains who is in which group, and the order of vaccination priority.
Groups nearing completion: We have now vaccinated significantly in excess of 90% in each of the first 4 vaccination groups. If you are in one of these 4 groups and have not had your vaccine but wish to do so, please call 07591 298318 between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS NUMBER FOR ANY OTHER REASON!
Home visits: our colleagues at CPFT hope to complete this group this week.
Now calling: Last week, a new group of ‘shielding’ or ‘CEV’ (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) patients were identified. We are currently calling patients in this new shielding group and in group 6. Group 6 includes adults aged 16-64 years in an ‘at risk’ group and carers. People deemed to be ‘at risk’ have any of the following conditions:
Future programme: We currently have no control over the vaccine delivery schedule, nor the order in which we can give the vaccine. We administer any vaccine we receive within a few days of delivery. We often are given very short notice advising us as to when the vaccine will arrive.
If you are not in these first groups, you will be called, please be patient.
Second vaccinations: All ‘PCN hubs’ have only been allowed to give out first appointments (and not second appointments) when you book for your first vaccination. Everyone will be offered an appointment to return to the place of their first vaccination for their second ‘jab’. We are expecting to be enabled to book people in for the second jab very soon. PCN hubs have both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines unlike other types of vaccination centre – this makes it more complicated!
Good News! Our Covid-19 Vaccinations Are Under Way!
In line with Government guidance, we are pleased to confirm that COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now being offered at the Old Exchange Surgery Mass Vaccination Site, East Street, St Ives to patients aged 70 and over, and those who are clinically vulnerable who are registered with the following practices; Grove Medical Practice, The Spinney Surgery, Riverport Medical Practice and Moat House Surgery.
Patients will be invited to attend a clinic. There is no parking at the vaccination site. Parking is available at the following location for any patients attending their vaccination appointments on the day of the clinics:
- Globe Place Car Park – PE27 5PP -
Clinics are now running on a regular basis and appointments are released as soon as we are notified of our next vaccine delivery. If you are aged 70 or over, or clinically vulnerable and do not already have an appointment please don’t worry, you will not be missed and we will be contacting you as soon as we can to arrange your appointment with you. We have a special team who will be telephoning patients directly to book these appointments with you so you do not need to contact us directly.
When you attend your vaccination appointment please wear a face mask and continue to follow the social distancing guidance. These steps help to save lives
We will continue to roll out the vaccination programme as quickly as we can.
What to expect when you arrive for your vaccination appointment
When you are invited to your vaccination appointment there are a few things we need you to do to help ensure everything runs smoothly.
- Please arrive close to your appointment time - there is no need to arrive early as appointments are carefully spaced
- Please use the car park available (see above). Very limited drop off and collection will be available for those who really need it
- Please wrap up warm but wear clothing that you can easily remove your upper arm for your vaccination
- Please wear a face mask and maintain social distance
- Please follow the marshalls who will be on hand to direct and support you
- Please do not attend if you are self-isolating because you have been contacted by Track & Trace or if you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
- After your vaccination, we will need you to remain on site for 15 minutes (Pfizer vaccination only).