Booster jab bookings open for ages 16 to 17
Booster jab bookings are set to open for 16 and 17-year-olds in England from Monday, NHS England has announced.
More than 600,000 eligible people who have already had two doses of the vaccine will also be able to attend walk-in vaccination clinics.
This age group have been eligible for vaccinations since August 2021.
However the booster jab was previously only recommended for 16 and 17-year-olds who were deemed clinically vulnerable.
Now, those rules are set to change.
The decision to expand the booster campaign came about after data showed that two doses of the vaccine were not enough to stop people falling ill if they caught the Omicron variant.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr Nikki Kanani, said Covid-19 had caused “so much disruption for so many families over the past two years, affecting young people’s lives and education”.
She added that the added protection of the booster would allow them to “stay at school and continue socialising”.
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