Planning Continues for School Jab Rollout

The gov has said it is continuing its planning for offering Covid jabs in the island’s schools.

Almost 2,000 12-17-year-olds have been jabbed since the gov began offering them a jab.

The gov has said that more vaccine clinics will be held at locations across the island later this month, with planning for an in-school rollout continuing.

For now it has said that ‘clinics will be held over the half term holidays for this age group to receive the vaccine’ and that more details will be announced in the coming days.

Director of Public Health, Dr Henrietta Ewart commented: ‘Whilst COVID-19 is typically mild in most young people, there is the risk of some getting seriously ill or needing hospitalisation and one dose of the vaccine will protect against this.  This year, secondary school children can also receive the flu vaccine which will provide that further protection from serious flu infections. Both vaccines should reduce infections in this age group and avoid the need to miss school.’

Parents or guardians of children aged 12-15 are asked to register on behalf of their child online, while students aged 16 and over can register themselves. Under 16s can also seek the vaccine themselves if they are deemed able, by a health professional, to fully understand what they are consenting to.

Recent data from the Public Health Surveillance Report has shown that the greatest increase in weekly confirmed cases has been in the 10-14 age group, with the second highest increase among 15-19-year-olds.

Alongside vaccinations, young people are also encouraged to participate in regular testing using LFTs.

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