Booster vaccine: 12-15 year olds at risk can now book

About 500 children will be eligible, including those receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy, those with leukemia, diabetes, chronic illnesses or serious mental illnesses, and those living with an immunocompromised person.

They will be entitled to their booster three months after their primary vaccinations.

Severely immunocompromised children may receive their booster after a third primary dose.

Those who have tested positive for Covid-19 must wait 12 weeks before receiving their booster, or at least four weeks if they are in the highest risk groups.

GPs have already started sending out invitations to parents or guardians of children who are now eligible. They are encouraged to arrange an appointment through a local reservation system.

They can also receive the vaccine in hospitals, via their GP, on a home visit or by visiting a walk-in vaccination site – provided they show their NHS invitation letter.

NHS vaccination program manager for 12-15 year olds Nick Hulme said: “The booster has been shown to provide substantial levels of protection against Covid-19 and the new Omicron variant, so it is vital that our youngest and most at risk get their extra dose of protection as soon as possible.

“I am delighted that we can kick off this stage of the rollout with eligible most-at-risk children starting today, and we look forward to encouraging many more to come forward in the days and weeks to come. to come.

“As soon as you receive the invitation from your local NHS team or GP, please accept the offer and bring your child for their most important protection as soon as you can.”

Recent data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed that two doses of the vaccine are not enough to prevent people from getting sick from Omicron, but a booster boost significantly increases protection against the variant.

16- and 17-year-olds will also now be eligible for their top-up dose.

Since the start of the vaccination campaign every 12 to 15 years in September, more than 1.4 million people in this age group have received their first dose. They too are eligible for a second dose 12 weeks after the first.

In total, more than 114 million doses have been delivered in England since December 2020, including more than 30 million additional doses.

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