Book a vaccine jab for 12–15 year olds this half term
21 October 2021
Children under 16 in England will be able to book a vaccination against COVID-19 over the half-term break, the NHS has announced.
Over the past few weeks, the NHS has been visiting schools across the borough vaccinating 12–15 year olds. However, to ensure that this age group can be vaccinated as soon as possible, from this weekend (23 October) appointments can also be booked, outside of school, on the NHS booking service – currently open only to those aged 16 and up. This will enable young people to get a jab at a nearby vaccination centre in the same way as adults can.
The move is designed to ensure that those who have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated at their school can still find a jab elsewhere rather than having to wait.
On Thursday 21 and Friday 22 October ONLY walk-in appointments are also available.
To find your nearest venue please see the South West London CCG website.
For parents and young people that have questions about the vaccination rollout for children aged 12-15:
- Video of 15-year-old Lydia from Twickenham interviews Chief Nurse Nic Kane about the vaccination rollout
- Hear from Dr Patrick Gibson in our Podcast on the vaccination rollout for 12–15-year-olds
- Watch our Q and A where clinicians answered parents’ questions about the rollout
See more information about the vaccination rollout for young people.
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
'As we have all seen from the rising case numbers in the borough, the biggest increase in Richmond is amongst young people, and many are not yet vaccinated.
'The guidance is clear. Having the vaccine is one way that we can all protect ourselves from the virus. There is also a wider picture to consider, that the vaccine has benefits beyond protecting the individual. It also helps minimise the risk of transmission to others.
'While we can’t make parents’ minds up for them, I can tell you what I have done. I have not hesitated. My two eligible daughters have both had the jab.
'I’d encourage parents to talk with their child about the decision and why the Chief Medical Officers are recommending that the vaccine is being offered to them. There are lots of resources that can help with this conversation.'
The local NHS vaccination team will be operating clinics during the October half-term at the locations listed below.
Appointments MUST be booked via the national booking system, from Saturday.
- Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon
- Hawks Road Health Clinic, Kingston
- Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon
- St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton
- Roehampton Vaccination Centre, Wandsworth
- The Wilson Hospital, Mitcham
- Nelson Health Centre, Wimbledon
- Valley Park Surgery, Croydon
Up to: October 2021
Updated: 19 April 2022