As of next week children aged 12-15 in Scotland will be able to receive a vaccination for Covid-19.

It has been decided that children should receive the vaccine so that schools don’t have to close again and you won’t miss out on more of your education. Vaccinating children won’t stop the disease completely but it will hopefully stop it spreading as much. Children aged 12-15 who decide they want the vaccine will only have to get one jab.

Here are answers to a few questions you might have:

Will I have to get my vaccination in school?

Not necessarily. At first, the vaccine will only be available at drop-in centres. Then all children will receive a letter inviting them to attend an appointment to get their vaccine. After this, there will be a vaccination programme in schools. This will allow anyone who hasn’t had the vaccine via a drop-in centre or appointment to get it.

Do I have a choice whether to take the coronavirus vaccine?

Yes.  You have a say in whether you should get the vaccine or not. You and your parents or carers can discuss the vaccine and decide together whether you want to have it.

If you and your parents disagree about getting the vaccine, help is available to help your sort out the situation. This is called mediation and you can find out more about what it means here.

What if I’ve already had the coronavirus vaccine?

If you have a health condition or a disability you may already have received the vaccine. If this is the case, you won’t need to get another jab.

Where can I find more information?

You can find more information on the NHS Inform website:

Vaccinating 12-15 year olds

Medical consent