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16–17-year-olds can get their second COVID-19 jab

Posted on: 22 November 2021

Most 16-17-year-olds have now got their NHS COVID-19 vaccine. This is an important protection for them and their families – infection rates for this virus are still high, and scientists still don’t fully understand the long-term damage it can do to people.

Getting the vaccine takes just a few minutes and, if you’re between 16 and 17, it’s never been easier. You just need to visit the NHS National Booking Serviceor call 119 to book. There are also convenient vaccine walk-in options across the country, which you can find on

You don’t need to be registered with a GP practice or have an NHS number to get your jab at a walk-in site, but it will be quicker if you do, so take that information with you if you can.

Don’t miss out. Get vaccinated and get back to doing the things you love to do.

Read the below FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccination for 16-17 year olds.

How does a 16–17-year-old need to arrange his/her vaccination?

The NHS will continue to contact people to arrange a vaccination when they are eligible.

They are also able to book appointments via the NHS website or by calling 119.

Those age 16 to 17 can also find a convenient walk-in site near to where they live at The finder shows which doses are offered at each location and to which age groups.

How do I know the vaccine is safe for my child?

The JCVI has reviewed extensive clinical evidence for the safety of giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people in the eligible groups and have determined it to be safe and effective. The JCVI has determined that the benefit of vaccinating children in these groups outweighs the risks. 

Which type of COVID-19 vaccination should 16-17 year olds be offered?

The Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine is the only vaccine authorised for those aged 16 and 17. 

Is parental consent required?

Parental consent is not required to be vaccinated for this age group. People also do not have to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated, although it will make the process easier so they should bring this if they can.