For most children COVID-19 is mild, but children with some medical conditions can become very unwell and need hospital treatment. They are over 7 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care.
Vaccination will help to protect your child from getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
COVID-19 autumn and winter boosters
COVID-19 booster vaccinations are now available children aged 6 months and over with a weakened immune system.
Eligible children will be invited to have their vaccination by their GP practice or hospital team.
How to book
Please note that after Thursday 14 December, you will not be able to book your vaccine appointments online through the national booking system. We'll continue to offer some walk-in appointments after this date.
Appointments for children and young people aged 5 to 15 years with a weakened immune system
If your child is eligible you can book an appointment using the national booking system on the NHS website. Walk-in appointments are also available but please check the COVID-19 walk-in page on the NHS website for opening times.
Appointments for children aged 6 months to 4 years with a weakened immune system
If your child is eligible, appointments at Guy’s and Thomas’ need to be booked through the Trust’s vaccination booking system. Appointments for this age group cannot be made through the national booking system.
How to find us
Our vaccine centre is located in Francis House at our Guy's Hospital site.
9 King’s Head Yard
London SE1 1NA
Visit the Guy's and St Thomas' website for more details.
Please remember to bring your red book (personal child health record) to the appointment so that we can record the vaccination in it.
What do we mean by ‘weakened immune’ system?
COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for children with immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including children:
- having chemotherapy or radiotherapy, solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients
- with a genetic disorder affecting the immune system, for example deficiencies of IRAK-4 or NEMO, complement disorder, SCID)
- with haematological malignancy, including leukaemia and lymphoma
- receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy
- on high or moderate dose corticosteroids
- on non-biological oral immune modulating drugs, for example methotrexate, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine or mycophenolate
- with auto-immune disease who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments
If your child is about to receive planned immunosuppressive therapy, ask their hospital team if they should get the vaccination before they start therapy.
If you have questions about whether your child should have a vaccination please email email@example.com or call 020 7188 4040.
If you are feeling unwell, please wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine.
Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website.
For more information about vaccinations, including maps and frequently asked questions, visit the Guy’s and St Thomas’ website.
Flu vaccinations for children and young people are available through their GP, school or community clinic. Please visit the NHS website to find out more.