Kids across Nottinghamshire urged to get Covid vaccine ‘as soon as they can’ over half term

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Children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old in Notinghamshire are being encouraged to get a Covid vaccine over half term.

Health bosses have issued the advice for the week-long break, saying kids should take the opportunity to be jabbed “as soon as they can”.

Currently, 56.7 per cent of 12-15-year-olds have had at least one dose of the vaccine in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Amanda Sullivan, Accountable Officer at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, said: “I would urge all 12–15-year-olds to take up the offer as soon as they can, to receive greater protection from the virus.

“Half term is a perfect time to get vaccinated and reduce the risk of passing on the infection to others in their family and others they come into contact with.

“Getting the vaccine can also make it easier for children and young people to avoid putting their lives and their education on hold because of further disruption to schools, hobbies and social events due to the virus.”

Children and young people aged 12-15-years-old are being offered vaccinations through school clinics, however they can be vaccinated outside of school if they prefer.

Slots are available for children to be booked in or walk in without an appointment at Mansfield Vaccination Centre, King’s Mill Hospital and Forest Recreation Ground.

Lucy Hubber, Director of Public Health in Nottingham, said: “While most children infected usually have mild symptoms from Covid-19, some do become quite ill and some go on to develop more serious symptoms.

“This includes ‘Long Covid’ which has side-effects such as extreme fatigue and weakness. While doctors are still learning about these long-term effects, it is clear that vaccination protects against the damage they can do.”

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, added: “Please also think about the additional actions you and your family can take to stay safe during the half term break, including regular testing and self-isolating if required.

“Rapid lateral flow tests are available free of charge, and you should take one on days when you’re more likely to catch or spread Covid-19.”

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