Vaccination begins for 16 and 17 year olds

Thousands of invites have gone out to 16 and 17 year olds in Sussex this week so that they can benefit from the all-important protection needed to prevent severe illness from COVID-19.
Young man getting his vaccination

People in this age group can get their vaccination by attending a walk-in session or by waiting to be contacted by their GP or local vaccination service to arrange an appointment.

Some vaccination centres in Sussex are already open for walk ins including Eastbourne and Chichester, and walk in sessions will start in Brighton next week.

Further announcements will be made when walk in sessions become available.

Local GP led vaccination services will also be arranging booked appointments for 16 to 17 year olds, and they will be contacting everyone on their registered lists in the coming days.

Vaccination is also being offered to children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it. Children and their parents in this group will be contacted by their GP practice or a vaccination service to book their vaccination appointments.

A spokesperson for Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme said:

“We are delighted that walk in vaccinations have started for the 16 and 17 year olds, and we are already starting to see them come forward for their vaccine.

“GP led local vaccination services are holding their sessions for these groups in the coming days and are directly contacting the 16 and 17 year olds they have registered with them. Please come forward when you are offered an appointment.

“While we know that the majority of younger people aged 16 -17  aren’t at risk of severe illness if they catch COVID-19 themselves, we do know that infection rates among this group have been increasing, so vaccinating them to get their all-important protection before they go back to school, college or begin work, and stop the spread in our communities.

“Don’t worry if you are unsure or have questions about the vaccine, there is lots of information available online to help you know what to expect. The doctors and nurses working at the vaccination centres will be able to answer any questions you might have when you get there.”

If you can’t find the answer, you can contact our friendly help desk on 0300 012 0122 or email helpdesk@healthwatchwestsussex.co.uk.

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