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    12 to 15 year olds to get Covid vaccine letters

    Written by on September 27, 2021

    12 to 15 year olds in the Forth Valley will be receiving their Covid-19 vaccine appointment letter this week.

    Starting from today, eligible kids in the region will be invited to vaccine clinics.

    Drop-in hubs for 12 to 15 year olds opened up last Monday.

    Young people in this age group will be given one dose of a Pfizer vaccine.

    Parents are being encouraged to make the trip to the centres with their children.

    Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

    “The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to all children and young people aged 12-15 marks a significant milestone in the vaccination programme.

    “It has been demonstrated that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in this age group, and vaccination offers the best chance of protecting young people from COVID-19 and preventing further disruption to education. Many countries around the world have already been safely vaccinating children and young people in this age group.

    “Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a decision to be made jointly between parents or carers and their children, but it’s really important to use reliable and trusted sources such as NHS Inform when making a decision and assessing the potential benefits, risks and side effects. Individual choice should be respected for the decisions young people and their parents or carers make in accepting, or not accepting the vaccine offer.

    “Where possible, parents or carers are welcome to attend appointments with their children and both can ask questions about any queries they have before the vaccination is given.

    “I would like to thank all of the vaccinators and vaccine site staff who have worked so hard to get us to this stage of the COVID-19 vaccine programme.”