12–15-year-olds across Bradford district and Craven are being urged to get their all-important COVID-19 vaccinations during their half-term holiday.
Clinics for 12-15s will be available throughout the week to make it even easier for young people to get their jabs, including at Jacob’s Well. And with rates of infection remaining high in children in school years 7-11, experts are urging people to get both doses, even if they’ve already had COVID, rather than risk getting Long COVID or missing out on school and social activities.
Director of Public Health Anna Hartley, Lead Vaccination Adviser for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme, says she hasn’t hesitated to get her children vaccinated as soon as they were eligible:
As the mum of two girls aged 12 and 15, I know personally how important it is for them to get vaccinated. We know that people can get COVID again and again and even if it doesn’t make them seriously ill, there’s still the risk of Long COVID or developing further complications.
My daughters have both had COVID, but I don’t want to run the risk of them getting it again as it might be more severe or mean they miss out on more of their education and time with friends. It’s also important to both me and my daughters that we are doing all we can to protect my parents, who are in their 70s. Having the vaccine gives us the reassurance that we’re all as protected as possible.
Phillipa Hubbard, Deputy Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination rollout in Bradford district and Craven, said:
This half term offers the perfect opportunity to get your child protected, by visiting one of our special walk-in clinics for 12-15s or booking an appointment online. We’re also offering second doses in school clinics but if your child’s school hasn’t been visited yet, or they weren’t able to have it on that day, the half-term clinics offer another convenient way to make sure they’re fully protected.
Walk-in clinics for 12-15s will run at the following centres during half-term – please visit www.bit.ly/CovidVaccineBDC for further details. Or if you prefer, you can book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.
- Jacob’s Well
- St Luke’s Hospital AOPD Clinic
- Airedale General Hospital
Children aged 12 to 15 need two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination. The JCVI has also recommended that children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically at-risk or who live with someone who has a weakened immune system should have a booster vaccination three months after their second dose.
Parents and guardians are asked to attend vaccination sites with their children to give consent and to read the patient information in advance of arriving for their appointment.
Young people who’ve had COVID must wait 12 weeks until they can be vaccinated, in line with JCVI guidance.
Anyone needing a vaccination can also book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. Details of local walk-in clinics are available on Bradford District and Craven CCG’s website at www.bit.ly/CovidVaccineBDC