In January of 2022, there is an incredible half a million vaccination appointments available for 12-15 year olds. These can be booked at three hundred vaccination centres across the country and are in addition to the five hundred available walk in centres found nationally.
This is under new advice from the UK’s top family doctor, Dr Nikki Kanani, to encourage families to book in children for a vaccination if they have not yet received one. This is with the recommendation that a vaccination not only protects the child from COVID-19 but protects their loved ones and their friends. Receiving a vaccination also increases the opportunity for the child to maintain school attendance and enjoy socialising without the risk of self isolation.
Although over 1.4 million children and young people have already received their first dose of the vaccine, since it was rolled out nationally to young people last September, there are still over one million children who require their first dose. This is vital to ensure their protection against coronavirus.
The NHS COVID Vaccination programme will visit hundreds of schools, following the Christmas break, in a record breaking vaccine disruption system. A child in the age bracket of 12-15 years old, can receive their second jab after twelve weeks have passed since their initial dose. The families of children that are entitled to their second jab are being encourage to book them an appointment. The current rollout will include consent letters for parents to sign, enabling their child to partake in this vaccination programme, if it is visiting their school. Alternatively, vaccination sites are accepting walk ins and appointments for children of this age group with consent given by a present parent or guardian on the day.