16-17 Year Olds In Scotland Set To Receive Covid Jab

From the 6th of August all 16 and 17 year-olds can register for their first COVID jag. If young people don’t sign up to have their vaccine they will be sent an invitation through the post. Those living in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland will be contacted via their local health board.

Youngsters can also make use of drop in clinics to receive their first and eventually second doses. The date for allowing teens to the drop in clinics has yet to be announced.

Due to their age they will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.

The Scot Gov also intend on vaccinating the most clinically vulnerable young people within Scotland. This would include those with learning difficulties, Down’s syndrome, severe neuro-disabilities. Young people ages 12 and above that live with people that are immunosuppressed will also be offered the vaccine.

17-year-old Jack McCready said: “I’m glad young people are now able to get jagged. The more younger people that get it the better, especially with schools going back soon.”

“I was fortunate enough to receive my first dose a few weeks back through my job because my 18th is coming up soon and I’m glad I did. Getting that jag should help keep my family and I safe from Covid, while also protecting the lives and families of those around me. It also means that once travel restrictions loosen I can go abroad and not worry as much.”

McCready works at a vaccine centre and went on to say: “At work I’ve mostly seen people round about 25-years-old and above getting their jags but I have noticed an increase in people around my age receiving their first and second doses.

“The more people that get the vaccine the safer we’ll be.”

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