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Book a Covid-19 vaccination for a child aged 12-15: Time and dates available at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough large-scale centres, including in half-term

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Covid-19 vaccinations are now being offered to those aged 12 to 15 by appointment at most large-scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Until now, children in this age group have only been to get a jab at school, but that process is taking some time, with some schools yet to be visited and others only partially vaccinated.

A teenager is vaccinated
A teenager is vaccinated

Now the NHS in Cambridgeshire is offering appointments in the community to help prevent the spiralling spread of the virus among young people.

Appointments are available in October half-term, and will also be made available on an ongoing basis at evenings and weekends to help students get their jab out of school hours.

Children aged 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when they attend a vaccination centre.

Mike Passfield, clinical operations director for the large scale vaccination centres run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “We are pleased to be offering one dose of the vaccine to all 12 to 15-year-olds, which will give good protection and help stop the spread of the virus to other people, including within schools.

“In the coming days, it will become possible to book appointments for this age group at the majority of our large scale vaccination centres via the National Booking Services at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

“Appointments for this age group will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 4pm and from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on certain evenings at different sites.

“In addition, during half-term week (October 25-31), appointments will also be available between 8.30am and 4pm.”

“Vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds cannot be accessed on a walk-in basis so please ensure you book an appointment before visiting our centres.

“Alternatively, parents and young people can still choose to access the vaccination programme being delivered in schools by Hertfordshire and East Anglia Community School Aged Immunisation Service.”

Times and dates when vaccination appointments are available for children aged 12-15 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The uptake could be critical at helping to stem the tide of Covid infections.

Analysis of official data by the Cambridge Independent has shown that those aged 10-14 have by far the highest levels of infection currently, with the virus spreading at schools, interrupting eduction and then be transmitted among family members.

Dr Gary Howsam, chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Millions of children around the world have had a Covid-19 vaccine – it’s safe and effective and is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves and those we care about.

“The majority of 12- to 15-year-olds are currently being offered one dose of the vaccine to give them the best protection against Covid-19. This includes children who turn 12 on the date of their vaccination.

“However, two doses eight weeks apart will be offered to children where their healthcare professional has identified they have a condition that means they are at high risk from Covid-19, or if they live with someone who is immunosuppressed.”

“We’re making it as easy as possible for people to get their jab, and consent for 12- to 15-year-olds will be sought in line with national guidelines at their vaccination appointment.

“Our friendly vaccination teams will be happy to answer any questions you have. They can also provide extra support if you are nervous or anxious, just speak to a member of the team at any of our vaccination sites and let them know what you need to feel relaxed and comfortable.”

Before vaccination, it is a good idea to keep hydrated and have something to eat. It is also a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you.

The NHS will communicate directly with the parents or guardians of 12- to 15-year-olds who are eligible for two doses to explain arrangements for accessing their second dose.

Those aged 16 and over can attend walk-in vaccination sites.

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