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Age 16 to 17

Last updated 25 July 2022

Everyone aged 16 to 17 is eligible for a primary course of COVID-19 vaccine and a first booster.

People aged 16 to 17 who are in a clinical risk group, who are frontline health and care workers, who are unpaid carers, or who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression will also be eligible for an autumn booster.


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.

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.

Useful information about COVID-19 vaccination is available from the Public Health Wales website.

The British Society of Immunology publishes useful resources to help people make a decision about COVID-19 vaccination. More information is available from their website

The Yellow Card scheme is provided by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA). Suspected side effects of all medicines and treatments (including COVID-19 Vaccines) can be reported through the Yellow Card Scheme. More information is available from the Coronavirus Yellow Card website

National Guidance from the JCVI

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