Cambridgeshire's 12-15 year olds offered 2nd vaccine dose by appointment only
From today (Monday) any 12-15 year in Cambridgeshire can book an appointment to have a second covid jab.
Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers the large scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “From Monday 20 December, 12-15 year olds not in at risk groups will be able to access a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine 12 weeks after their first dose, providing further vital protection against the virus.
“To ensure as many 12-15 year olds in this category as possible can access their second dose in a planned and managed way and avoid them being turned away due to lengthy queues, all second doses must be booked via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine - second doses for 12-15 year olds not in at risk groups will not be available on a walk-in basis.”
“All other eligible groups can continue to access their first, second and third primary dose vaccinations via our walk-in services, including 12-15 year olds having their first dose.
12-15 year olds who are in the at risk categories, or who are immunosuppressed, or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed all continue to be eligible for a second jab eight weeks after their first on a walk-in basis.”
Dr Gary Howsam, chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The availability of this additional protection for 12-15 year olds is fantastic news for families across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, so please do book your appointment as soon as you are able to.
“Can I also remind people that boosters for those aged 18 and over continue to be available on a booked appointment basis only via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine. We strongly encourage people who are eligible to come forward for their booster, and it’s never too late for those who haven’t had their first or second vaccination to have their jab. The vast majority of those being hospitalised with serious illness from Covid-19 are those who have not been vaccinated.
“Vaccines are the best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones and reducing covid-related hospital admissions will help the NHS cope better during the winter months and reduce disruption to routine and planned care.”
Having delivered an incredible 1,187,000 vaccine doses across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Waveney since our first centre opened in January 2021, our large scale vaccination centres will be closed over the holiday period on the following dates: Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Bank Holidays Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December 2021, Saturday 1st January and Sunday 2 January 2022
Further information on walk-in vaccination services is available at https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-progr