Thursday, December 7, 2023

Covid-19: 16 and 17-year-olds in England to be offered jab by 23 August

ALL 16 and 17-year-olds in England are to be offered their first coronavirus vaccine dose or the chance to book one by 23 August, the government has said.

The health secretary said offering vaccines by this date would allow teenagers to get some protection before starting school or college next month.

A walk-in site finder is being launched online by NHS England to help people locate their nearest vaccine centre.

Young people in this age group were first offered a jab earlier this month.

But unlike older age groups, no second dose is being scheduled.

They will be invited, by text or letter, to get vaccinated either by making an appointment through GPs or by going to a walk-in centre, the Department of Health said. 

Invites are also being sent out in Wales, while in Northern Ireland, walk-in centres are now open to older teenagers, and in Scotland they can register their interest online.

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