NHS opens online booking for kids’ second jabs from TODAY

NHS opens online booking for kids’ second jabs from TODAY

KIDS in the UK will be able to book their second coronavirus vaccines from today, the NHS has announced.

In order to get as many people protected against the Omicron variant, 12-15 year-olds can now book their second jab.


Eligible 12-15 year-olds will be able to come forward if they had their first dose 12 weeks ago.

This age group started having their jabs in September, following guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

So far 1.5 million kids have had a first dose of their vaccine, with more than 5,000 schools having been visited to administer the shots.

In the UK, over 51 million people have had a first dose, 47 million have had a second and 28 million have come forward for their booster vaccines.

Covid cases have soared in the last week as the Omicron variant takes over from Delta.

The strain now makes up around 60 per cent of cases across the UK.

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The Sun is also urging readers to sign up to the Jabs Army campaign to make the rollout as smooth and fast as possible.

A booster shot is the best protection against Omicron, with early data suggesting it pushes efficacy back up to 75 per cent.

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Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive said: “Once again, we urge everyone who is able to get a booster jab to come forward and do so. It is the best defence we have against this highly transmissible new variant."

Latest infection figures show that Omicron infections increased by 12,133 – now totalling 37,101 so far.

Meanwhile, there were a further 82,886 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases reported -the number is a slight dip on Saturday's figure of 90,418.

And the Government said a further 45 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there have now been 172,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Over 75,000 kids are eligible for a second coronavirus vaccine and doctors are urging parents to make sure their kids are booked as they break for the Christmas holidays.

Young people are able to get their vaccine through existing school immunisation services or by booking through the national booking service to attend a vaccination site outside of school hours.

The second doses will be offered in schools until January 10.

Parents and guardians are asked to attend vaccination sites with their children if are getting jabbed outside of school hours and consent will be sought on the day.

NHS medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: “As schools begin to wind down for Christmas, and with the new threat from the Omicron variant, it has never been a more important time to get your child protected.

“More than 1.3 million young people have already taken up their offer of a vaccine and now as they become eligible – 12 weeks on from their first dose – they can book online and get their vaccination at sites across the country.

“NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to get everyone who is eligible vaccinated, with more pop-up clinics and extended hours, so it is vital people play their part by coming forward as soon as possible to get protected.”

'NO GUARANTEES'

The newest infection figures and the announcement that kids can get a second jab comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javidwarned of the possibility of a grim Christmas lockdown – despite a huge push on jabs.

Sajid Javid said there are "no guarantees" when asked about a festive clampdown – despite Boris Johnson insisting he would not shut the country down.

Speaking on BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, he said: "There are no guarantees in this pandemic. At this point we just have to keep everything under review."

RISK FACTOR

Scientist have however warned that a circuit breaker lockdown is needed now in order to curb the spread.

Advisers are calling for socialising indoors to be banned before Christmas to combat the spiralling spread of Omicron.

Sage members told the Government that waiting until after December 25 to impose Covid measures is not an option if ministers want to stop the NHS being overwhelmed.

They expect more than 3,000 hospitalisations a day come January, with daily infections and deaths on the rise.

The group held emergency talks on Thursday to discuss the pending crisis.

A dramatic shutdown of non-essential shops could also be part of the measures implemented by the Government – in a call back to restrictions in March 2020.

Minutes from the meeting, released on Saturday, revealed that indoor mixing is "the biggest risk factor" when it comes to viral transmission.

It also suggested "reducing group sizes, increasing physical distancing, reducing duration of contacts and closing high-risk premises" to curb the spread – despite the speedy rollout of the booster vaccines.

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