Birmingham Post

12 and over to get jabs in some areas

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CHILDREN from 12 upwards will be offered vaccines in a pilot scheme across the 15 areas of Birmingham most at risk from the Delta variant.

It is one of a string of measures to try to get on top of rising case rates after the city was placed in a new category of ‘enhanced support’.

MPs have also demanded Birmingham gets preferenti­al treatment for Pfizer vaccine supplies – to help safeguard the country’s youngest city.

Four mobile vaccinatio­n sites have been operating in the city in the past two weeks.

The push for more to get vaccinated fast comes as case rates in the city rose fourfold in four weeks, from a low of around 20 cases per 100,000 people to the most recent data showing 83 cases per 100,000.

It has triggered fears that Birmingham could yet follow parts of the north west where case rates suddenly rocketed.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street also issued a plea to Health Secretary Matt Hancock to speed up vaccinatio­ns of people aged 25 and under.

Mr Street pointed out that Birmingham has a younger population than average, which means vaccinatin­g young people is vital in order to control the spread of the virus.

Mr Street also urged the mayor to increase supplies of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to the West Midlands. These are the vaccines offered to people aged under 40 when they are available, while Oxford-AstraZenec­a vaccine is usually offered to people aged 40 and over.

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