As invitations to get a Covid vaccine go out to 16- and 17-year-olds, newly released NHS figures show in North East and Yorkshire four in every 10 of those eligible have already been vaccinated.
Of 60,039 16- and 17-year-olds in this region, 23,966 (40%) have received their Covid jab since they became eligible on 4 August. Nationally, more than 360,000 young people in this age range have had their jab - which includes those who were eligible previously due to an underlying health condition.
Dr Yvette Oade, NHS Clinical Lead for the Vaccination Programme in the North East and Yorkshire, said it was pleasing this region has made a positive start to extending its vaccination programme to cover 16- and 17-year-olds.
“The Covid-19 vaccine is safe, effective and gives vital protection – enabling us to live safely with the virus without restrictions and to enjoy our freedoms,” Dr Oade said.
“I would urge all 16- and 17-year-olds to come forward for your vaccine at our many locations across the region, including your local GPs. It will protect you, your families and friends from the virus and the threat of serious illness from Covid19 infection.”
Vaccination walk-in centres can be found via the NHS online Walk-in Finder.
The letters inviting 16- and 17-year-olds to get vaccinated to protect against Covid infection encourage young people to attend their nearest walk-in centre. Follow-up text messages are being sent out to ensure NHS staff are vaccinating 16- and 17-year-olds as quickly as possible, including those returning soon to education or training.
Earlier this month, the Joint Council on Vaccination and Immunisation updated its guidance so that all 16- and 17-year-olds can be offered one dose of the vaccine.