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COVID-19 vaccination For children and young people aged 12 to 15 years - Simple text 

COVID-19 is an illness sometimes called coronavirus.
Most children who get COVID-19 have no symptoms. Those that do, have mild symptoms like  a bad cold.
A few children and young people will get very poorly  A few children and young people will get very poorly and have to go to hospital.
The vaccine is most important for those likely to get poorly with Covid

All children and young people in Wales who are aged 12 to 15 years of age  are being offered the COVID-19 vaccination.

The vaccine is really important for the small number of children and young people who are  likely to get poorly with COVID-19.

They include those with:

Severe neurodisabilities Severe neurodisabilities.
Those whose immune systems don't work as well Immunosuppression – those whose immune systems don’t work as well. Also those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed.
Learning Disability Register

Profound and multiple or severe learning disabilities.

Being on the learning disability register.

Those living with Down’s syndrome.

A link to the full list of conditions is available at the Where can I get more information? section below:


Two injections of the vaccine usually 8 to 12 weeks apart You will be told how many doses of the vaccine you will need to protect you.
The vaccine has been  tested to make sure it is  as safe as possible.


You will be contacted when you are due your vaccination.
If you live with someone who is immunosuppressed you will need to make a self-referral here


Having the vaccine makes you less likely to get ill from Covid Having the vaccine makes you less likely to get very ill from COVID-19.
Help to stop you catching and passing on the virus It will help to stop you  from catching and passing on the virus.


All children aged 12 to 15 years should have the vaccinations Yes, COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time as most other vaccines. 


If you feel feverish (like  you’re very hot or very cold) you should:

If you feel feverish


Rare but serious side effect Inflammation of the heart Worldwide, there have been recent, rare cases of inflammation of the heart reported after COVID-19 vaccines.

These cases have been seen within a few days of vaccination.

Most people felt better after a few days of simple treatment.

You should seek medical advice urgently if you experience:

Seek Medical Advice


If you feel very poorly after vaccination and you are concerned, look at: online, and if necessary call NHS 111 Wales on 111 or your GP surgery.

Make sure you tell them about the vaccine, or show them your vaccine record card.

Serious side effects can be reported through the Yellow Card scheme

If you think you have a serious side effect from the vaccine you can report them using the yellow card scheme.

The Coronavirus Yellow Card system is a website where you can report any side effects from the vaccine.

You may need support to access this website: Coronavirus Yellow Card


Information about getting Vaccinated You will receive information about when and where to get vaccinated.
Talk to your parent or carer about what is good and bad about the vaccination and decide what is best for you.
Wear practical clothing so it's easy to reach the top of your arm On the day of the appointment, wear loose clothing so it’s easy to get to the top of your arm.
Before you have the vaccination don’t be afraid  to ask any questions you might have.
If you feel nervous we will support you

If you have a fear of needles or feel anxious, let the person giving your vaccine know.

They will be understanding and support you.


Personal Vaccine Record Card After you have had the first injection you may be given a second injection sometime later. Your vaccine record card will show when you had your first dose.
Two Injections of the vaccine You will be told about the right timing for your second injection to help give the best and longest lasting protection for you..
Keep your card safe Keep your vaccine card safe.


It can take a few weeks for the vaccine to protect you.


Stop you being poorly The vaccine doesn’t completely stop everyone getting COVID-19, but if you do, it should still stop you being very poorly.


Don't attend your appointment if you are self isolating If you have tested positive for COVID-19 infection in the last 28 days, or are not feeling well you will need to wait a bit longer to have your vaccine.


Signs of Covid A new cough and you  keep on coughing.
A high temperature.
Your smell or taste going away or changing.
If you have the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test.
Further information on symptoms is available on
If you cannot use the 111 Wales website, phone NHS 111 Wales. If 111 is not available in your area call 0845 46 47.


You can find out more information about COVID-19 vaccines, including their contents and possible side effects at: and

If you have any questions or want more information look at: online, talk to your doctor or nurse or call NHS 111 Wales.

If 111 is not available in your area, call 0845 46 47. Calls to 111 are free from landlines and mobiles. Calls to 0845 46 47 cost 2p per minute plus your telephone provider’s usual access charge.

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