Two-thirds of 16 to 17-year-olds in Wales and half in England have had vaccine

Almost two-thirds of 16 and 17 year olds in Wales and half in England have received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

In Scotland it is 51% and in Northern Ireland 40%.

The acceptance among young people is “still strong”, according to England’s top GP, who urged everyone to get vaccinated.

It comes when students return to schools and colleges amid uncertainty about how the new term could affect the spread of the virus.

In Scotland, a new surge in cases is believed to be partly due to the reopening of schools for the new academic year last month.

More than 620,000 young people, ages 16 and 17, have now been stabbed less than a month after they were eligible for admission, according to NHS England.

In Wales, 63% of the age group have had a sting.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recommended on August 4 that all 16- and 17-year-olds should receive a first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.

Dr. Nikki Kanani, General Practitioner and Assistant Director of Immunization for NHS England, said: “The uptake of young people continues to be strong and thanks to the uninterrupted efforts of NHS staff and volunteers, half of all 16 and 17 year olds have had their vaccine since their approval in the last month, which gives you the best possible protection against coronavirus.

“With the school and college semesters starting again soon, it’s really important that young people keep signing up for their life-saving vaccine and visiting the NHS Grab-a-Jab Finder to find a suitable walk-in position Vaccinations will be given in nightclubs, university campuses, and places of worship this weekend.

“It has never been easier to stop by and get your vaccine: it’s safe, effective, and vital protection for you, your family and friends.”

Local NHS teams and volunteers will be running jabs this weekend at locations such as the G-A-Y nightclub in London, the Hindu Temple in Crawley and the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus.

When the JCVI announced its recommendation to extend vaccine rollout to 16- and 17-year-olds, it said it would make further recommendations at a later date as to when teens should get their second dose.

Latest government data shows that 88.5% of those 16 and over received a first dose and 78.9% both.

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