As most schools break up for May half term next week, parents and guardians, who haven’t already done so, are being urged to bring their children forward for their COVID-19 jabs to get protected.
School immunisation teams have already visited schools around the county and now parents are being reminded that if their children have not had both doses, to get them vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. If you are under 18 years old, your second dose must be at least 12 weeks after your first dose.
Anyone aged five or over (children under 16 years old with parents’ or guardians’ consent) can access first or second doses and anyone aged 16 or over can get a booster jab. Spring boosters are also available for those aged 75 or over and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, who had their first booster at least three months ago.
Ensuring children and young people can get both doses of their COVID-19 vaccine is an important priority for the NHS. By getting vaccinated, children and young people can reduce the risk of passing on the infection to others in their family and those they come into contact with.
Northamptonshire’s mobile vaccination service, which has been visiting places around the county, will be at the following locations over the next week:
- Thursday 26 May to Saturday 28 May – Market Street (opposite Lloyds Bank), Wellingborough (9am to 5pm)
- Monday 30 May & Tuesday 31 May – Iceland car park, Harlestone Road, Northampton (9am to 5pm)
- Wednesday 1 June – Aynho Village Hall, Croughton Road, Aynho (9am to 5pm)
- Saturday 4 June – Croughton All Saints Church of England Primary School, High Street, Brackley (9am to 5pm)
- Sunday 5 June – The Big lunch at Delapre Abbey, London Road, Northampton (11am to 5pm)
The service is open for first and second doses (5+), first booster jabs (16+) and spring boosters (75
There are also several drop-in clinics open this week around the county where no prior booking is necessary. Please check the vaccine offer, including age eligibility, at each session before travelling. Visit http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/covidvaccine for all the details and a full list of drop-in sessions.
Bookable appointments also continue to be open around Northamptonshire for first and second doses, boosters (including spring boosters if eligible) and third primary doses for those eligible. People can book online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or call 119.
Chris Pallot, Director of Northamptonshire COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, said: “We mustn’t forget that you can still catch COVID-19 and if we want to continue enjoying our freedom from restrictions, we need to keep up with the vaccinations we are eligible for to build our wall of defence and stay protected.
“For young people and children, this half term is a great opportunity to not only protect themselves from serious illness, but also to help others. We know having the vaccine significantly reduces the risk of passing the infection on to family, friends and loved ones.
“Parents can book appointments online or bring children along to a drop-in clinic. Our vaccinators are always happy to answer any questions you may have and we are doing everything we can to make the experience as easy and smooth as possible.
“We have done fantastically as a county so far and I want to thank everyone that has come forward and topped up their immunity. Staying on top of your vaccines is the way forward.”
Those who have recently recovered from COVID should still come forward for their vaccination, as having had the virus does not give the same levels of protection. Anyone over 18 who has had COVID-19 will need to wait four weeks before having any dose of the vaccine, or 12 weeks for those aged 5 to 17.