Coronavirus vaccine first dose given to quarter of 12 to 15 year-olds in England

A quarter of people between the ages of 12 and 15 across England have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The government estimates that 25.3 percent received their Covid vaccination on November 3, up from 20.1 percent the previous week.

The uptake of the vaccine among teenagers in England has picked up speed in recent days after vaccination became widespread in vaccination centers across the country.

Previously, the first doses were mainly given in schools.

However, England is still a little way behind Wales and Scotland.

An estimated 45.9 percent of 12 to 15 year olds in Wales received a first dose, up from 54.7 percent in Scotland.

Utilization figures are calculated slightly differently across the three nations, with England and Wales using age groups based on their national vaccination databases and Scotland using population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Vaccines have been available to 12 to 15 year olds in Scotland since September 20th and have mainly been dispensed in doctors’ offices and other community facilities.

The rollout in England also began on September 20, but was initially carried out mainly by NHS teams in schools.

This changed shortly before the semester break, when parents and children were able to book a vaccination online at a local vaccination center.

Uptake in England was also likely influenced by the rate of infection circulating in the community.

A first dose of the vaccine cannot be delivered to someone who is present within four weeks of testing positive for Covid-19, waiting for the results of a coronavirus test, or self-isolating.

Around nine percent of children in England in the seven to eleven school years should have tested positive for Covid-19 in the week leading up to October 22, the highest rate for any age group, according to estimates by the Office of National Statistics.

Meanwhile, there is evidence that early doses may be slowing among young teenagers in Scotland, with the latest reading of 54.7 percent up only slightly from 53.2 percent a week earlier.

The NHS Wales is offering a first dose of vaccine for 12-15 year olds starting October 4th.

Most vaccines are given in vaccination centers, with a few in schools.

In Northern Ireland, the vaccine is offered in schools to 12-15 year olds, but uptake figures have not yet been released.

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