Vaccine for age 16-17

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The government has announced that all young people aged 16 to 17 in England can now have the Covid vaccine. The Rye Centre will start vaccinating this group on Friday 20 August. Patients do not need parental permission and should book or walk in. The plan is to provide the vital protection before the return to school in September.

In addition to those aged 16 or 17, vaccination continues for older age groups and for a small number of children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 or who live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus. This last group will have been contacted by the NHS.

With summer bringing close social contacts both outdoors and in enclosed areas, followed soon by the return to universities, colleges and schools, there remains greater opportunity for virus transmission. Vaccine uptake remains of the utmost importance.

As a reminder about bookings, in England, please book online or call 119. Rye will remain able to take some “walk ins” but at peak times there may be a wait for those without appointments. For those seeking specific guidance then Direct Message to the @ryepfizer Facebook page.

The Rye Centre relies on volunteers to act as marshals to support the process. We can already call on a relatively large number but would welcome more. If you feel that you could give any time to aid this vital process then do please contact us directly at the Tilling Green Centre or via the Facebook page. Full briefing and PPE are provided.

Image Credits: Anthony Kimber .

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