All 16- and 17-year-olds in England will be offered a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by Monday, Aug. 23, the Department of Health announced today.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the date would give teens two weeks to build immunity before classes start again in September.
Teens will be able to get vaccinated at one of more than 800 local vaccination sites run by GPs.
NHS England has launched a new online site finder to help 16 and 17 year olds find the nearest available center. More sites will be online in the coming days and weeks.
It is brilliant to see that tens of thousands of young people have already received their vaccine; Thank you for helping to further build our defense wall against Covid-19 across the country.
I asked the NHS England to make sure to offer a first dose of the vaccine to all 16 and 17 year olds before next Monday 23rd August, this will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to obtain vital protection before returning to the university or sixth grade.
Don’t delay, get your jabs as soon as possible so that we can continue to live safely with this virus and enjoy our freedoms by giving yourself, your family and your community the protection you need.
According to the latest data from Public Health England and the University of Cambridge, vaccines have already saved around 84,600 lives and prevented 23.4 million infections and 66,900 hospitalizations in England as of August 6.
Teens within three months of age 18 can book their vaccination appointment online through the National Reservation Service or by calling 119. About 100,000 text messages are being sent to those eligible inviting them to book their jabs.
Children 12 to 15 years old who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 or who live with adults who are at increased risk of contracting serious illness from the virus are also being contacted by the NHS and invited to receive their vaccine before 23 December. August, before the new school. year.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:
Young people have shown great enthusiasm for getting vaccinated and this has allowed us to safely enjoy the things we have missed, such as going to the pub or seeing family and friends.
Thanks to the NHS and volunteers for their continued dedication to protecting people from this virus. I urge everyone else to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The government said it was working closely with the NHS “to make it as easy as possible to get a vaccine,” including through pop-up vaccine sites across the country, such as London-based nightclub Heaven, such as as well as soccer stadiums and festivals.
A media campaign to encourage youth to be targeted has included associations with high-profile sports and entertainment personalities in short films, including movie stars Jim Broadbent and Thandiwe Newton, and soccer figures Harry Redknapp and Chris Kamara.
The government has also partnered with dating apps, social media platforms, and large companies, such as Uber and Deliveroo, on ads and incentives to get the vaccine.
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