Parents are being encouraged to get their children aged 12 to 15 jabbed with a 1st or 2nd COVID vaccination dose during the half-term holiday.
The school break is also an opportunity for youngsters aged 16 and 17 to get a booster to help protect them from the virus.*
Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, Urgent Care Lead at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and a local GP, said: “This half term, we are encouraging youngsters aged 12 to 15 who have not yet been vaccinated to come forward and have a jab, and for 16 and 17-year-olds to get a booster if needed.
“The school holiday offers the perfect opportunity for parents to get their children protected by booking an appointment online or using a local walk-in site. One dose of the COVID-19 vaccine gives good protection against your child getting seriously ill. But two doses gives stronger and longer-lasting protection. Vaccinating children can also help stop the spread of COVID-19 to other people, including within schools.”
Ed added: “And it’s not too late for parents who need a first, second or booster jab to get one at the same time as their children over half-term to ensure the whole family is protected.”
If a child has tested positive for COVID-19 but is not a high risk from the illness they need to wait 12 weeks before they have a vaccination. For further information see the NHS.UK website or see here