Update on Health Board COVID Vaccination Clinics
Last week, following updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the Welsh Government announced that Wales’ COVID-19 vaccination programme has been expanded to 16-17-year-olds.
We are now encouraging teenagers aged 16 and 17 across North Wales to come forward for their first dose by booking in advance using the health board’s online booking service, or attending one of their walk in sessions, for which appointments are not required.
Parental consent to book or receive a first dose jab is not required, but people in this age group may be accompanied by an adult, if they wish to.
The JCVI has said that advice on when to offer the second dose will come later.
Evidence from COVID-19 outbreaks across North Wales shows that people in this age group are at significantly increased risk of catching and transmitting the virus.
We’ve had an incredibly positive uptake of the vaccine among 18 to 29-year-olds and we are confident that a great majority of 16 and 17-year-olds will come forward for their jab and play their part in helping us all retain some the freedoms that have been recently restored after COVID-19 restrictions were eased.
We urge any 16 and 17-year-old who isn’t sure if they want to receive the vaccine to book and attend an appointment, or turn up at any of the health board’s walk-in clinics, so the staff can take the time to discuss the benefits of vaccination and any concerns they may have, before they make a decision on whether to go ahead.