Vaccination of children ages 12 to 15

Mynd af frétt Vaccination of children ages 12 to 15

See polish here: Szczepienie przeciw COVID-19 dla uczniów klas 7–10.

This August, COVID-19 vaccination will be offered to children aged 12 to 15 years. A guardian who requests vaccination for their child must accompany the child to the vaccination or send a substitute aged 18 or older with a letter of proxy. It is important that parents and children discuss the vaccination in advance and reach an agreement before arriving at the vaccination site.

Children in 7th grade who turn 12 years old after 1 September will be offered vaccination later this autumn

(Updated 19.august)

In the capital area, people will be vaccinated in Laugardalshöll and guardians will be asked to bring their children according to the following schedule:

 Monday 23. August  Tuesday 24. August
2006   2008 
 Time:  Children born in:  Time:  Children born in:
 10:00  January  10:00  January
 10:10  February  10:10  February
 10:20  March  10:20  March
 10:30  April  10:30  April
 10:40  May  10:40  May
 10:50  June  10:50  June
 11:00  July  11:00  July
 11:10  August  11:10  August
 11:20  September  11.20  September
 11:30  October  11:30  October
 11:40  November  11.40  November
 11:50  December  11:50  December





 Time:  Children born in:    Time:  Children born in:
 12:40  January  12:40  January
 12:50  February  12:50  February
 13:00  March  13:00  March
 13:10  April  13:10  April
 13:20  May  13:20  May
 13:30  June  13:30  June
 13:40  July  13:40  July
 13:50  August  13:50 from 1.-24.august
 14:00  September    
 14:10  October    
 14:20  November    
 14:30  December    


The vaccine that will be used is from Pfizer/BioNTech and is the vaccine that first received marketing authorisation, both for adults and later for children at this age. There is now considerable experience in its use for this age group abroad, which has been very successful.

As with other vaccines, the most common side effects are discomfort at the injection site and weakness/fatigue, fever and aches (headache or muscle aches and joint pain) for the first 24 hours after vaccination, sometimes for several days. Paracetamol or ibuprofen may be used in doses according to package leaflet for these side effects. There are also rare side effects with swelling in the pericardium (bag around the heart) or in the heart muscle itself, 2 to 3 weeks after vaccination, usually after the second dose and is more common in boys than girls. Although these side effects can be uncomfortable and even frightening, the condition usually disappears with rest and anti-inflammatory painkillers. If a child develops chest pain, talks about a strange heartbeat or seems short of breath when resting after the vaccination, a doctor should be consulted.

It is being investigated whether changes in the menstrual cycle, both spotting, small and heavy bleeding, are related to vaccination with this vaccine. Some girls between the ages of 12 and 15 have already started menstruation, while others have not. Not all girls at this age may be aware of any changes, as menstruation is usually irregular in the first year after it starts. Many also find it uncomfortable to talk about and won’t necessarily tell if something is different than before. It is therefore important that they receive information that it is appropriate to discuss this and have the opportunity to do so, if not at home than possibly with a school nurse or other healthcare professionals.