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COVID-19 LATEST: Children aged 12 to 15 to be offered jab

Wednesday 20th October 2021

CHILDREN in Maidstone will be offered a coronavirus vaccine, it has been revealed, writes Ciaran Duggan.

Kent’s NHS says it has begun the inoculation rollout to all healthy teenagers, who are aged from 12 to 15.

The vaccine, a single dose of Pfizer, is being given to secondary-aged students and will be distributed to schools in the county.

The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which oversees health and social care for 1.8million residents living in the county’s 13 districts, is co-coordinating the rollout of the programme.

Dr Nikki Kanani, a south-east London GP and deputy lead for the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “Alongside one of our busiest summers, NHS staff have been working closely with schools to ensure they are ready to deliver the vaccine to children aged 12 to 15 who are now eligible.

“Following the decision by government, and building on the success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme which has delivered over 77 million vaccinations, the NHS will now rollout to hundreds of schools over the next few days.”

COVD-19 symptoms include a high temperature, continuous cough, along with a loss of taste and smell.

In Kent, all children aged 12 to 15 will be eligible to be offered a vaccine by the school-aged Immunisations Team, which includes those who are home-schooled.

Children with health conditions that put them at higher risk, such as someone who has a weakend immune system, have been invited for a lifesaving Covid jab and continue to be eligible for two Pfizer doses.

No clear date has been set for completion of the rollout for youngsters.

Families can book with their GP or visit their nearest walk-in centre. There are around 200 GP surgeries and seven main hospitals in Kent.

To find the most convenient walk-in centre or book online, visit nhs.uk/covidvaccine

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