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Vaccines for 16-17 year olds

Published: 07 Aug 2021 11:15

Drop-in clinics to start.

Drop-in clinics will begin to offer Pfizer vaccines to 16 and 17 year olds this week, Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has confirmed.

Some clinics will begin to offer the vaccine to 16 and 17 year olds from this weekend, and all Pfizer drop-in centres in mainland Scotland will be offering the vaccine to this age group from Tuesday 10 August.

The Scottish Government has written to health boards to say that this age group can be vaccinated in drop-ins from today (Saturday), provided staff training and information resources are in place. Availability will be advertised locally before the full national roll-out on Tuesday.

Anyone in this age group who lives in mainland Scotland can also book an appointment via the online portal at NHS Inform. Eligible young people in Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles will be contacted by their health board and invited to attend clinics.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

“In line with the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), those who are 16 and 17 will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“We know that drop-in clinics make it easier for young people to fit getting vaccinated into their busy lives. I am therefore pleased to announce that some clinics will be able to start to offer 16-17 year olds the Pfizer vaccine this weekend. Arrangements differ across the country, and you should check your local health board’s social media channels to see what is available in your local area.

“Then, from Tuesday 10 August, all drop-in clinics in Scotland that offer the Pfizer vaccine will be open to 16-17-year-olds.

“I would urge all eligible young people to take up the offer of vaccination. You can find out where your nearest drop-in clinics are by visiting NHS Inform which will direct you to the latest information from your local health board – or through your local board’s social media channels.

“Our route out of this pandemic is getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, that is why I am urging young people to take up the offer of the vaccine by dropping into a clinic or by booking an appointment.”