Letters to 1 million aged 16 and 17 urging a first dose
ONE million 16 and 17-yearolds will receive letters inviting them to get a first Covid-19 vaccine.
More than 360,000 have already had their jab, including 125,000 who have done so in the two weeks since eligibility was extended to everyone in the age group.
Previously only those with certain underlying health conditions were eligible.
Teenagers are being invited by letter to visit their nearest walk-in centre to receive a jab. Some have already been invited by their GP practice.
Those within three months of their 18th birthday can also book a slot through the National Booking Service.
Professor Sir Keith Willett, head of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in England, said: “The vaccine is safe and effective with nearly nine in 10 adults already taking up the offer.
“And I would urge anyone eligible, especially those aged 16 and 17 heading back into education or training, to get their life-saving jab.”
He added: “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of NHS staff, and teenagers who have already come forward for their jabs, the NHS has administered more than 125,000 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to 16 and 17-year-olds, protecting themselves, their families, and their friends.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “It is excellent to see the enthusiasm young people have shown to get a vaccine and help to build our wall of defence against this virus.
“I urge you to join as quickly as possible the hundreds of thousands of 16 and 17-year-olds who have taken up the offer of a vaccine to ensure you get vital protection before returning to college or sixth form.
“Please don’t delay – vaccines are allowing us to live safely with this virus without restrictions, and enjoy our freedoms.”