16 and 17-year-olds across the Isle of Wight are to be offered their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, it has been announced.
The rollout will begin imminently with hopes of getting as many older teenagers vaccinated as possible before they start college or university in September – just 4 weeks away. Parental consent will not be required.
Nationally, around 1.4million teens will now be eligible for the vaccine which has already been rolled out to nearly 90% of the UK’s adult population.
At this stage, those aged 12 to 15 will not be advised to get jabbed but this could change in the future as data is analysed and risks assessed. That said, those who have underlying health conditions or live with someone deemed at risk will be able to get a vaccine if they so wish.
Despite the success of the COVID vaccination programme and falling number of cases and deaths, many businesses and organisations are still taking extreme precautions and face masks are still common sight across the Island.