Covid-19 vaccines offered to 12 15 year olds at large scale Attleborough vaccination centre
Coronavirus vaccines will are to be offered to 12-15 year olds at a large scale vaccination centre in Attleborough.
Parents will be able to book vaccinations from Connaught Hall "in the coming days" – a top NHS boss promised.
The move to vaccinate children comes amidst a spike in Covid cases across the country, with health experts warning of a difficult winter ahead unless more people are jabbed.
Cath Byford, Chief Nurse, at NHS Norfolk and Waveney 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 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 12-15 year olds will be sought in line with national guidelines at their vaccination appointment."
Mike Passfield, Clinical Operations Director for the Large Scale Vaccination Centres run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust said booking would soon be available from the National Booking Services.
He added: “We are pleased to be offering one dose of the vaccine to all 12-15 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."
Appointments from Connaught Hall, in Station Road, will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm and from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Mondays. In addition, during half term week – 25 to 31 October – appointments will also be available between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm.