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Coronavirus / Most 12 to 15 year olds expected to receive Covid vaccine invite within next few weeks

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

NHS Shetland hopes that the majority of 12 to 15 year olds in the isles should be offered the Covid vaccine within the next few weeks.

A representative for NHS Shetland said last week the health board started inviting all 12 to 15 year olds to a Gilbertson Park clinic.

NHS Shetland also said it started offering vaccines to the highest risk 12-15 year olds in August through the child health department.

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Under Scottish Government guidance, all 12 to 15 year olds are being offered one dose of the vaccine, although those at higher risk will be offered two.

Children will be given individual choice as to whether they want to the jab, if they understand the health implications, although parents or carers should be involved in the decision-making process.

Parents and carers will be invited to accompany their children to their vaccine appointment and will be given an opportunity to ask questions, and to discuss the benefits and risks of the vaccine.

More information can be found on the NHS Inform website.

Latest data shows that around 11 per cent of 12 to 15 year olds in Shetland have received a first dose.

For 16 to 17 year olds this figure stands at 80.4 per cent.

For age 16 and up 94.4 per cent of Shetland residents have had one dose, and 89.4 per cent have had two.

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