Take up amongst young people
All of Hertfordshire’s 16- and 17-year-olds can now have a dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and the great news is that over 40% of them have already been vaccinated. This age group are currently being advised to have one dose of the vaccination for the time being.
A single dose will provide 80% protection against hospitalisation and protection could be even higher as younger people generally respond better to vaccines. Some will have already had COVID-19, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be vaccinated: it means that they will have an even better immune response to the vaccine. The JCVI will provide further guidance on whether a second vaccine should be offered to this age group in future.
All our large vaccination centres are now seeing 16- to 17-year-olds and they are operating a ‘walk-in’ service with details regularly updated on https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk. 16- to 17-year-olds do not need the consent of their parents or guardians to have the vaccine, but they can bring a parent, carer or friend if they’d like. Anyone who is anxious will be well looked after and staff will be happy to help with any questions that a young person might have.
Returning to school –
Hertfordshire’s nurseries, schools and colleges are looking forward to welcoming children and young people back following the summer holidays. Things will be a little different this term. From 19 July Government advised that teaching bubbles would end and that the wearing of face coverings and certain social distancing measures were no longer mandatory in classrooms or in shared spaces.
We know that it’s important for children and young people to have face to face learning and although we understand there may be some anxiety around the relaxation of bubbles and other measures, we hope that these changes will ultimately lead to less disruption to their learning and development this term. For more information Click Here
‘Grab-a-jab’ vaccination centres
A national ‘grab-a-jab’ NHS website has been established to help people to find their nearest walk-in vaccination centre, wherever they are in England. This is a good resource for people who work away from home, or for anyone who wants to get vaccinated while they are on holiday. Click Here for the website.
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