Young people in certain conditions in Ayrshire will be given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine before returning to school later this month.
Vaccines are provided to children and adolescents diagnosed with severe neuropathy, Down’s syndrome, underlying conditions leading to immunosuppression, and learning / intellectual disability, in line with the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination. Will be and immunization (JCVI).
Children and adolescents over the age of 12 who are the contacts of the household of the immunosuppressed person (adult or child) are also invited to come forward to indirectly protect the members of that household. increase. Household contacts are people who live in the same house or who are face-to-face on most days of the week, such as caregivers.
As previously recommended by JCVI, young people aged 16 to 17 years at high risk of severe COVID-19 were already invited to vaccination.
The NHS Ayrshire & Arran invites people who have recently turned 16 and have not been vaccinated as part of their previous offer.
Lynne McNiven, NHS Ayrshire & Arran Public Health Director, said: We aim to complete most of the initial vaccinations before children and adolescents return to school.
“Invitations are extended through letters, phone calls, or regular medical professionals. Vaccines are given in the most appropriate settings, depending on the care and health needs of children and adolescents. It is their own. It may be in your home, care environment, or clinic.
“People over the age of 12 who are the household contacts of immunosuppressed people or who meet with immunosuppressed people on a regular basis will receive a national letter.
“Everyone in these groups doesn’t have to do anything. We will contact you to provide information about the location of the clinic that offers this service.
“I highly recommend those who are eligible to be vaccinated to provide the best protection against the coronavirus.”
Health Minister Humza Yusuf said: Studies and evidence indicate that this is the case for adolescents in these major vulnerable groups and that the COVID-19 vaccine should be sought.
“I encourage parents and caregivers with children and adolescents to be vaccinated to access the NHS Inform, where they can find the latest information. Read letters and leaflets received from the Health Commission. Parents, caregivers, or young people can also consult with local health professionals to discuss this further if needed. ”
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