All consent guidance is contained within Public Health England’s ‘Green Book’.
The COVID-19 vaccination consent form for children and young people (including easy-read immunisation and consent resources) can be found on the gov.uk website.
Who gives consent for COVID-19 vaccination – and how?
As with all vaccinations, a consent form and information leaflet provided by the SAIS team will be used to seek consent from parents or those with parental responsibility. Parents will also be provided with a contact number for the SAIS team in case of any queries. Consent forms should be returned by the deadline agreed with the team.
Some children may be sufficiently mature to provide their own consent if their parents have not returned a consent form and they express a wish to have a vaccine on the day of the session. Trained professionals in the SAIS team, with expertise in vaccinating children and assessing consent, will speak to the child to assess intelligence, competence and understanding to fully appreciate what's involved in their treatment, to determine appropriateness of administering the vaccine. This will include making every effort to contact the parent to seek their verbal consent and an assessment of the individual child’s capacity to self-consent, where appropriate.
The COVID-19 vaccination consent form for children and young people can be found on the gov.uk website.
Information on school flu consent is available on the Flu vaccination programme section of the gov.uk website.