How to get your vaccine
You can get your first and second dose if you're aged 5 years old to 11 years old.
General opening hours:
- Tuesday to Friday, 11.30am to 6.30pm
- Saturday, 8.30am to 3.30pm
Vaccine centre information
Second and third doses
All Islanders aged 5 years and over can get a second dose.
If you're aged 16 and over, you can get a third (booster) dose.
Book a vaccination appointment
If you get first vaccination before between the age of 5 to 11 years old, you will be given a paediatric dose (a smaller dose) of Pfizer BioNTech.
If you get your second or third dose after you turn 12 years old, you will get the same paediatric dose to complete your vaccination.
Less likely to catch and spread COVID
Young people are half as likely to catch COVID-19 after a single dose compared to someone unvaccinated
This also makes you less likely to give COVID to your parents, grandparents or classmates
Fewer people will become ill and new restrictions will be less likely, meaning schools and sports clubs can stay open
Less likely to get ill
If you get vaccinated against COVID-19 you will be less likely to become ill, even if you become infected. Some people who become infected with coronavirus, have symptoms for a long time
Clinically at risk young people
Children aged 16 and over are eligible for a fourth (booster) dose if:
- clinically at risk (moderate risk)
- clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk)
- living with someone who is at moderate or high risk
When to get your vaccine
After you have you first vaccine, you need to wait a set amount of time until you can have your second dose.
The time you need to wait between each dose depends on your age, if you're in an at risk group or if you've had a positive PCR test.
If the required number of weeks have not passed since the date of your PCR test, the vaccine will not be administered. This follows advice from the JCVI.
Check the time between dose intervals
If you are immunosuppressed, you should discuss your vaccine timings with your health care specialist.
Parental permission and getting a vaccine at school
You should share information about the vaccine with your parents and discuss it together.
Aged 5 to 11 years old
If your child is aged 5 to 11 years, a parent or carer will need to fill out a consent form, which was provided with the letter from the child's school.
Parents or carers will need to complete the vaccine booking form. You can book up to 3 children at the same time. If you have more than 3 children, you can call the coronavirus helpline to book your appointment.
A parent or carer must attend your appointment at Fort Regent with you.
5 to 11 year olds vaccine guide for parents
Aged 12 to 15 years old
If you are aged 12 to 15, and getting your vaccine at Fort Regent, a parent or carer must attend the appointment with you so that they can fill out the vaccine form to give consent.
If you are getting your vaccine at school, your parent or carer must complete and return the consent form to your school.
Parents are not required to attend the school vaccine appointment.
School COVID-19 consent form
Aged 16 and 17 years old
Once you reach 16, you are presumed in law to be competent to give consent for yourself.
If you are getting the first dose of the vaccine at school, make sure you complete and return the consent form to school yourself.
Vaccine guide for all children leaflet
Vaccine parents FAQs
At the vaccination centre
There are special areas set up for children and young people at Fort Regent. There is a team of staff who have experience giving vaccines to young people.
Parents or carers attending the appointment are must bring their ID, as well as the ID of their young person.
Vaccine centre information
The medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have confirmed the Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine is safe and effective for children and young people.
This followed careful and detailed reviews of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccines in children and young people .
Other countries have been vaccinating children and young people for many months and no new safety concerns have been identified.
Staff at the vaccination centre are always happy to assist with any queries or concerns you may have.
Side effects and what to do
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, and not everyone gets them.
Side effects are less common with only one dose.
Common side effects include:
- your arm feeling heavy or sore where you got the injection
- feeling tired
- feeling achy or like you have the flu
You should rest. You can also take paracetamol (follow the dose advice in the packaging) to help make you feel better.
If you have a high temperature, or your side effects last longer than 2 to 3 days, you or your parent should contact your doctor and tell them your symptoms.
Report your side effects
You can report your side effects on the Yellow Card website.
If you get COVID
The vaccination will help to protect you against COVID-19.
COVID-19 is usually a milder illness for young people that rarely leads to complications, being vaccinated makes it less likely for you to catch the virus and need to isolate.
For some young people who catch the virus, the symptoms may last for longer than the usual 2 to 3 weeks.
COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last more than 4 weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or long COVID.
More information on long COVID
Information from the experts
Dr Muscat is Jersey's Deputy Medical Officer. He specialises in microbiology, virology, infectious diseases and their infection prevention and control. You have probably seen him in videos and interviews speaking about COVID. Dr Muscat has led our medical response to the pandemic.
A panel of experts, doctors and our vaccination programme answered questions from children and young people. Watch the recording from the live event.
Speak to a health care expert about getting vaccinated
You have the right to speak to a health care professional to get the information you need to make a health related decision.
Tips for parents
Some people may have hesitations about getting the vaccine. It's important to be open and honest and help young people make informed choices:
- ask about what's making them hesitant
- show respect for how they feel and ability to make to make their own decision
- be a role model and explain why you got vaccinated
- share reliable sources to get information
You can also talk about
vaccine misinformation and how to check the facts.