Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in 2021

From 19 July the government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. This marks a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.

As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for 2 doses by mid-September.

Website: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges (opens in new window)

Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered COVID-19 vaccine

On 13 September, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, announced that people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer or BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). The government has accepted the advice of the four UK CMOs and the NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme.

Website: Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine (opens in new window)

The Government have produced a variety of information about the COVID-19 vaccination for those children and young people who are eligible to have it.

Website: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people (opens in new window)

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