Coronavirus: News from our partners – Those 12-17 can get a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at their school
News from our partners NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service
Students aged 12 to 17 years old living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will be offered a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at their school from this week.
Prior to the Christmas 2021 break, all schools in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin had been visited at least once, when 12- to 15-year-olds were offered their first dose of the vaccine.
Once again, the local NHS is working with the local School-Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) to deliver this part of the vaccination programme.
The SAIS team and members of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Team started vaccinating pupils with either their first or second doses at the school which was the first to be visited by the team back in September 2021 – Bridgnorth Endowed School – when that age cohort was being offered a single dose of the vaccine. Earlier this week, the team also vaccinated students at a residential autism specialist school in the county.
Michelle Murray, one of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Team’s Clinical Leads, said:-
“It’s great for us to be back at schools delivering first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This additional protection is crucial for our young people, particularly as we fight against the Omicron variant.
“The COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated they are safe and effective in this age group, and vaccination offers the best chance of protecting young people from the virus and preventing further disruption to their education.”
Angie Wallace, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, added:-
“The schools vaccination programme made excellent progress towards the end of last year; we were delighted that so many young people had taken up the offer of vaccination. We’re pleased that the response to second doses for our 12- to 17-year-olds in schools has been met with the same level of positivity.
“I would like to remind young people and parents that those aged 12- to 17-years-old can also attend certain clinics outside of school time, if they prefer.”
Parents, guardians, or carers of children aged 12 to 17 will receive letters via their children’s school, with details of when second vaccinations will be offered. They will be asked to provide consent for their child to receive their first or second vaccination.
A number of vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to those aged 12 to 17, including:
- The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, SY10 7AG
- Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury SY1 1PL
- Hodnet Fire Station, Brook Street, Hodnet TF9 3JB
- Church Stretton Fire Station, 56 Sandford Ave, Church Stretton SY6 6AZ
- Coral House, Longbow Close, Harlescott Lane, Shrewsbury, SY1 3GZ
- Station Drive Surgery, Station Drive, Ludlow SY8 2AB
- Halo Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms SY7 9PS
- Old Chapel Pharmacy, 14 English Walls, Oswestry SY11 2PA
- Southwater Library, St Quentin Gate, Telford TF3 4JG
- Telford and Wrekin Interfaith Council Building, Wellington TF1 1LU
- Turreff Hall, Turreff Avenue, Donnington, Telford, TF2 8HG
A full list of sites, including opening times, can be found on the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System’s website. Please note – this webpage is updated on a daily basis – sometimes multiple times, so please keep checking back ahead of any journeys.
Outside of school, parents and guardians are asked to accompany children aged 12-15 inclusive to clinics, to ensure consent is sought.