Children under 16 will have new, broader opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Until now, 12 to 15-year-olds have received vaccines as part of the ongoing school vaccination programme.
Young people or their parents can use the NHS booking service to book a COVID-19 vaccination at a convenient location in the same way as people aged 16 and over can.
The move is designed to ensure that those who have not yet had the chance at school, can get vaccinated elsewhere, as quickly as possible.
All vaccinations will be given by staff who are specifically trained in the delivery of vaccinations for children and young people.
Centres providing clinics for 12 to 15-year-olds include the large vaccination centres, local community pharmacies and some primary care network locations.
All appointments offered will be outside of school hours, including evenings and weekends – with daytime appointments available during half term. More locations and appointments will be added regularly to the NHS national booking service.
Information about consent will be provided via NHS national booking service and will also be discussed at the point of care.
Parents who have questions about vaccination are encouraged to make a booking for their child and have a conversation with the healthcare professional at the vaccination location.
12 to 15-year-olds are encouraged to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Both nasal flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccination will continue to be delivered by the school aged vaccination service who are running a rolling programme of visits to schools.
Parents who wish to have their child receive a flu or COVID-19 vaccination in school should provide consent for this when asked via their child’s school.
Prof Neil Watson, who runs the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in the North East and North Cumbria said: “We’re really pleased that there will be more choice for parents for where and when their child can get their COVID-19 vaccine, just in the same way there is choice for adults.
“We’ve responded quickly to the ask to deliver vaccinations outside schools by setting up a number of dedicated clinics across the North East and North Cumbria.
This gives 12-15 year olds more options and will help make sure everyone can get a vaccine as quickly as possible.”
“Schools services are continuing to offer clinics in schools after half-term and have dates arranged over the next few weeks. Information and consent forms will be sent to parents before each clinic.”
Anyone wanting to book an appointment should visit: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccine.