Walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations begin in Bishop's Stortford for 16- and 17-year-olds
Walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations for 16- and 17-year-olds are now available at Bishop's Stortford Football Club and other centres in Herts and Essex.
The teens can get their first dose of the Pfizer jab at the Blues' R&D Advisors UK Stadium in Woodside, off Dunmow Road, following new guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), although it has not yet said when the second will be administered.
Dr Jane Halpin, chief executive of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: "We're inviting 16- and 17-year-olds to come forward as soon as possible for their vaccine so that they're well protected in time for the autumn term. Even if you've had the virus, it's important to get the vaccine to protect you and your loved ones.
"Our friendly staff are very experienced at supporting people who are nervous about being vaccinated and you can ask any questions you might have on the day. Do let staff know if you're worried when you arrive at a vaccination centre, and if you'd like to bring someone along to support you, that's absolutely fine.
"Young people can just turn up to one of the walk-in sessions across the area now or wait to be contacted by the NHS to book an appointment through a GP practice."
Any 16- or 17 year-olds who are in an 'at risk' group or who are household contacts of someone who is immuno-suppressed will continue to be offered two doses of the vaccine.
Children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 or who live with someone who is immuno-suppressed will also soon be contacted by the NHS and invited for their jab.
The walk-in centres also include:
- Former Argos store in Letchworth
- Harlow Leisurezone
- Hemel Hempstead Hospital
- Robertson House, Stevenage
- Roche, Welwyn Garden City
- St Albans Bus, Market Place
- St Margaret's Hospital, Epping
- Ware Priory
- Watford Town Hall.
For more details see www.covid.healthierfuture.org.uk.