Almost half of West Lothian's 16 and 17 year olds have received their first Covid jab

Almost half of West Lothian’s 16 and 17 year-olds have received their first vaccine, according to the council’s education department.

Wednesday, 1st September 2021, 6:00 am
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Young people aged 16 and 17 were invited to register their interest online from the start of August and were sent an appointment. Drop-in clinics are also available.

Head of education James Cameron told a meeting of the Education Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel: “First data we have is every encouraging.”

Councillor Andrew Miller (SNP), asked: “Are we playing any part in sign-posting where they should go to register interest?” Mr Cameron said a social media campaign was launched and parents/ carers were emailed.

With 40 per cent of 16 and 17 year-olds now vaccinated.

In line with the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), teenagers are offered a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Anyone not registered or attending a drop-in clinic, will be sent an appointment through the post. It is expected that all 16 and 17 year-olds will have been offered a vaccination appointment by the end of September.