Coronavirus / All 16 and 17 year olds in line for Covid vaccination

The Pfizer vaccine. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

ALL SIXTEEN and 17 year olds are set to be offered the Covid vaccine – with first minister Nicola Sturgeon keen for jabs to be rolled out “as soon as possible”.

On Wednesday the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that those aged 16 and 17 should be offered a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Further advice on a second dose is expected at a later date.

Writing on Twitter Sturgeon said the Scottish Government is planning to take up the advice.

“This is good news and a step forward that I’ve been hoping for,” she said.

“I also hope evidence will allow JCVI to recommend vaccine for wider groups of young people in future – but in meantime ⁦@scotgov ⁩will get on with offering it to all 16/17 yr olds ASAP.”

Previously all adults aged 18 and over on (and including) 31 October 2021 were invited for vaccination.

This age limit dropped to 16 for people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, or as having a specific underlying health condition, or if they are an unpaid carer or a frontline health/social care worker.

NHS Shetland has been contacted for comment.

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