Enhancing the health and social wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 update 17/02/2021

Do you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine?

There is a lot of information around and some of it may not be accurate, particularly information shared in social media / WhatsApp where it is hard to know where this information comes from.

It is important to have access to accurate information and answers to questions and worries. The resources provided here explain what the COVID-19 vaccine is and how it works, what different versions are currently available in the UK, information about the COVID-19 vaccine for people living with HIV and responses to a range of different questions and concerns which people have been raising. Information is shared by HIV doctors, and people involved in community based support and HIV activists living with HIV.

At the time of writing, young people aged 16 years and over with specific clinical vulnerabilities are identified in the priority groups within the first phase and will be offered the vaccine.

Older children (aged 12 years and over) with severe neuro-disabilities and recurrent respiratory tract infections who require residential care should be considered for vaccination after discussion with their doctors.

Studies looking at the use of the vaccine in children have started in order to get scientific data and decide if and when other children under 16 will be offered the vaccine.


More videos and resources can be found in the young people's COVID-19 area:

Q&A: COVID-19 vaccines and people living with HIV

This You Tube video provides an update from the UK Community Advisory Board and Dr Laura Waters from the British HIV Association (BHIVA), on COVID-19 vaccines. Including contributions from someone who lives with HIV and participated in one of the COVID-19 vaccine trials, and a member of the African Advocacy Network.