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Covid-19 Vaccination:
For Young Children

Although young children are generally at low risk from Covid-19, infants and young children who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop a more severe illness from a Covid infection.

This spring, children aged 6 months and over who have a severely weakened immune system due to certain health conditions will be offered a top-up Covid-19 vaccination. If your child is eligible for a vaccination, you will be contacted by the NHS.

For more information about the conditions that mean your child will be eligible, please see Tables 3 and 4 in the NHS Covid-19 Green Book.


Further information and downloads

More information about Covid-19 vaccinations for children aged 6 months to 11 years is available to view on the website.

COVID-19: a guide for parents of children 6 months to 11 years of age at high risk -


Frequently asked questions

What side effects might my child have from the Covid-19 vaccine?

Data from the US showed the most common side effects reported were similar to those seen with other vaccines given in this age group, such as irritability or crying, sleepiness, and fever.

Do I need to bring anything to my child’s appointment?

Please take your child’s personal health record (‘Red Book’) with you to their vaccination appointment. A healthcare professional will record the vaccination in the book and check that your child is up to date with their routine vaccinations. If you have lost it or need a new copy, please ask your local health visitor or health centre.

Do I have to have my child vaccinated?

No. The offer of a vaccine is available if your child has one of the conditions that is listed in the Covid-19 Vaccination Green Book; however, it is your choice whether or not to have them vaccinated.

If you are unsure, please speak with your child’s health care team.

You can find out more about Covid-19 vaccination on the NHS UK website.