How to get a Covid vaccine if you’re 16 or 17
More than one million children and young people can now receive the Covid vaccine in the final stage of the NHS vaccination program.
The NHS has worked to quickly expand the program to 16 and 17 year olds, the country’s most vulnerable children and those living with vulnerable adults following changes to the Joint Committee’s guidelines on immunization and vaccination (JCVI).
All 16 and 17 year olds will be offered a jab dose of the vaccine, according to new guidelines released by the JCVI earlier this week.
As a first step, they must wait to be contacted by their GP to arrange an appointment, although walk-in services will soon be available for anyone aged 16 and over.
While children and young people can contract the coronavirus, there are fewer cases compared to adults and the symptoms are usually mild.
Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS Medical Director for Primary Care and Assistant ORS for Immunization Program, said: ‘NHS staff have delivered 70 million Covid-19 vaccines across England in just over seven months, providing protection against the coronavirus to more than 39 million people and saving thousands of lives.
‘The NHS has also been working hard to implement the JCVI guidelines as quickly as possible and I am happy to say that a million children and young people will now be able to get vaccinated, protecting themselves and their family and friends .
“The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective and I urge any eligible person of any age to come forward and accept the offer. ”
Children between the ages of 12 and 15 who are clinically vulnerable to Covid, or who live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus, will also be contacted by the NHS and asked for their vaccine in the coming weeks.
Eligible individuals include people with Down syndrome or who are undergoing multiple cancer treatments, who have had an organ or bone marrow transplant, or who are on the Learning Disabilities Registry.
The Covid-19 vaccine will also be offered to children 12 years and older who live with an immunocompromised person, such as those who are receiving chemotherapy or who have had a transplant.
Children and youth now eligible will be offered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
More than 70 million vaccines have been issued since the NHS in England made history when Margaret Keenan received the first vaccine outside of a clinical trial in Coventry in December 2020.
Anyone aged 18 or over is eligible for a Covid-19 jab via nhs.uk or by visiting the nearest walk-in center, which in Cornwall includes Stithians Showground and the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge.
Second doses are available for people who received their first dose eight weeks ago, as directed by JCVI.
Anyone who cannot connect can call the service on 119 to reserve their jab.