COVID-19 vaccination is available for 12-15 year olds through certain community pharmacy-led vaccination sites from 22 October 2021
3rd November 2021
NHS England announced that from 22 October 2021, appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations can be booked online via the National Booking Service for children aged between 12-15 years. This is also known as the out-of-school offer, and will allow appointments for children to be booked at an existing vaccination site, including community pharmacy-led vaccination sites.
This is an additional option to book a vaccine for an eligible child, alongside the existing school programme (in-school offer). Parents/guardians will be requested to attend the vaccination site with the child.
Professional indemnity policies provided by NPA Insurance will cover NPA members engaged in vaccinating eligible children; please refer to the NPA FAQ for further information.
Key points for community pharmacy-led vaccination sites able to vaccinate 12-15 year olds:
- Community pharmacies can only proceed to vaccinate this group if an agreement in writing from NHS England is obtained
- The Community pharmacy local enhanced Service Specification has been updated to allow vaccinations to be delivered to this cohort; the recommended legal mechanism for vaccination is via the national protocol; however, the Patient Group Direction (PGD) can also be used – both legal mechanisms have been updated accordingly
- NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) letter published 19 October 2021, details important information regarding the vaccination process, including consent, and workforce capacity and supply requirements
- Please note the following from the updated Service Specification and NHSE&I letter:
- Pharmacy contractors vaccinating all 12-15 year olds are required to comply, at all times, with the provisions of the appropriate clinical checklist
- Staff vaccination this cohort need to be appropriately trained and be compliant with the workforce training requirements
- Obtain consent from the 12-15 year old who has been assessed as competent to provide consent themselves, or if they are assessed as not competent to provide consent and do not object to receiving the vaccination, the consent needs to be provided by someone who has parenteral responsibility
- It is recommended that parents and young adults read the pre-consenting information being sent to them before they attend the vaccination appointment – walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations cannot be undertaken for this age group
Please contact the Pharmacy Services team for further advice and support: