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Age 16 to 17

Last updated 9 May 2022

All 16 to 17 year olds are recommended to complete a primary course of vaccination, and to receive a booster no sooner than three months after their primary course.


    First Dose Appointments

    If you have not not received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination you can attend a drop-in session.


    Second Dose Appointments

    Second dose appointments are under way for 16-17 year olds. For most 16-17 year olds a minimum interval of 12 weeks is recommended between primary doses. You will receive an invitation when your second dose is due. Please not that you should also wait 12 weeks after confirmed COVID-19 infection before receiving a vaccine dose.

    Some 16-17 year olds are recommended to have a shorter interval of 8 weeks between vaccine doses, and four weeks after confirmed COVID-19. This includes 16-17 with underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19.

    You can also attend second dose drop-in sessions if you are 16-17 and it is more than 12 weeks since your first dose (and more than 12 weeks since confirmed COVID infection).


    Third Dose Appointments

    If you had severe immunosuppression at the time of your first or second dose you may be offered a third primary dose.


    First Booster Appointments

    16-17 year olds will be invited for a booster no sooner than three months after their primary course. Look out for your invitation nearer the time.

    Let us know if it is more than three months since your second dose and you have not received your invitation.


    Spring Booster Programme

    People under 75 are not eligible for a spring booster unless they have severe immunosuppression or are a resident of a care home for older adults. More information is available from our spring booster page.


    Consent to Vaccination for Under 18s

    At 16 years of age a young person is presumed in law to have the capacity to consent, so young people aged 16 or 17 years should consent to their own medical treatment. Where someone aged 16 or 17 years consents to vaccination, a parent cannot override that consent.

    Those aged under 16 can also give consent to vaccination without their parents consent if they are able to demonstrate ‘sufficient understanding and intelligence to understand fully what is proposed’. This is called Gillick Competence and is based on a legal case brought a number of years ago. If a Gillick-competent child consents to treatment, a parent cannot override that consent.

    This applies to all medical treatment and not just to vaccination.


    How long should I wait after COVID-19 infection before having a vaccine?

    16-17 year olds in a risk group (those with underlying health conditions, health & social care workers) should wait at least 4 weeks (28 days) after confirmed COVID-19 infection before a vaccine dose.

    Other 16-17 year olds should wait at least 12 weeks (84 days) after confirmed COVID-19 infection before a vaccine dose.

    For example:

    • 12 December: COVID-19 symptoms start
    • 14 December: COVID-19 is confirmed in a PCR test
    • 6 February: You can have a vaccine dose (12 weeks after 12 December)

    More information about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Young People

    More information about the COVID-19 Vaccine for children and young people is available from the patient information section of our website.

    More information about COVID-19 vaccination programme in Powys is available from our website.


    National Guidance from the JCVI

    Information about announcements from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) regarding vaccination for people under 18:

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