Teenagers urged to get Covid vaccine

The appeal comes as young people return to school, college and university this month.

Young people are being urged to come forward for vaccinations as latest figures show they are experiencing the highest rates of Covid.

People aged 16-17 can drop in without an appointment to the NHS Covid vaccination centre in Broad Street Mall, or Boots pharmacy in Broad Street, both in Reading town centre.

Latest age breakdowns for Reading (published mid-August) show the highest rates in 15-19-year-olds (837 Covid cases per 100,000 people) and 20 to 24-year-olds (613 per 100k).

Need to know

16-17-year-olds: Find a drop-in vaccine site using this online finder - it will give you opening hours and details of which of the vaccines - Pfizer or Moderna - is available

12-15-year-olds: You're eligible for a vaccine if you have certain conditions or live with a clinically vulnerable adult - wait for an invite from your GP

School pupils: Say goodbye to class bubbles, face masks & being sent home to isolate

As of 16 August, rules have changed to allow all under-18s, and all double-vaccinated adults, to avoid the need to self-isolate for days if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid. Instead, they'll be asked to get a PCR test to check if they're infected.

Professor Sir Keith Willett, head of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in England, said: "I would urge anyone eligible, especially those 16 and 17 year olds heading back into education or training, to get their life-saving jab.” More than 125,000 teenagers in this age group had come forward so far.

A vaccine bus was planning to be parked outside Sainsbury’s in Broad Street on Wednesday September 1 from 11am until stocks run out. This followed a successful vaccine pop-up at Reading Festival.

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