Health & Fitness Vulnerable teens in Scotland to be offered first dose of covid vaccine by the end of August

14:04  01 august  2021
14:04  01 august  2021 Source:   graziadaily.co.uk

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The Scottish Government is going to try to make sure first doses of the coronavirus vaccine are given to teenagers with certain conditions by the end of next month.

A fortnight ago it was revealed some 12-17-year-olds, including those with Down's Syndrome, learning difficulties or those who are immunosuppressed or live with someone who is would get the jag.

The change came on the back of a shift in guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and will see an estimated 4,000 young people vaccinated.

Now, the Scottish Government has said it hopes to see first doses of the vaccine given this month, with offers to be made before August 16 - when most schools in Scotland return.

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Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: "In line with the latest JCVI advice we will now be offering Covid-19 vaccinations to children and young people aged between 12 and 17 from key groups.

"The programme has always offered vaccine to groups where the benefits far outweigh the risks.

"The research and evidence shows that is the case for young people in these groups and they should now be called forward for a Covid-19 vaccine.

"These children and young people will be able to get the vaccine in the most appropriate setting for their situation. This may be in their own home or a care setting, or at a clinic, depending on their care or health needs.

"I would urge any parent or carer who has a child or young person eligible for a vaccine to visit NHS Inform where they can find the most up-to-date information; and read the leaflet that they will receive with their letter or from their health board.

"Parents, carers or young people can also speak to their local health professional to discuss this further if they need to.''

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Scotland's Covid cases TRIPLED in a fortnight after return of schools .
Office for National Statistics weekly report estimated 117,300 Scots, or one in 45 people, were infected with Covid in the latest week. Two weeks ago it said 36,700 had the virus.The Office for National Statistics' weekly surveillance report estimated 117,300 people, the equivalent of one in 45 Scots, were infected with the virus on any given day in the week ending September 3. For comparison, the figure stood at 36,700 people, or one in 140, in the seven-day spell to August 20.

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