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16 and 17 year olds now offered Covid vaccinations

16-17 year oldsNHS Lincolnshire has this week started to offer the Covid vaccination to all 16 and 17 year olds at the Lincolnshire Showground and the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston, on a walk in basis between 8.30am to 7.00pm seven days a week. This means that there is no need to make an appointment, and anyone over the age of 16 is invited to just simply turn up. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered on a first come first served basis and at busy times it may be necessary for you to wait.

Alternatively if you would prefer to have your vaccination at a location more local to you, please do wait and you will be contacted by the NHS who will confirm the details of where your appointment will be offered.

Rebecca Neno, Director of Covid and Influenza Vaccination Programmes at NHS Lincolnshire CCG said:

“This is fantastic news, during last weekend we saw almost 600, 16 & 17 year olds attend for a vaccination in Lincolnshire and we are keen to continue to ensure vaccinations are available throughout our county to help make it was easy as possible for people to get vaccinated. I am therefore delighted to confirm that further walk in sessions will be available at Spalding, Skegness and Gainsborough during the next week and our local vaccination services are also directly inviting people to appointments. By offering this now we will be in a position to ensure that younger people will have some protection against the virus when they return to school or college in September.  I would urge anyone to come along and receive their vaccination.

Rebecca added: ‘The JCVI said it expected one dose of the vaccine would give the 16 and 17-year-old age group good protection against severe illness and around 80% protection against hospitalisation. Many people experience mild symptoms of Covid, but some are much less fortunate, the walk in sessions are not limited to those aged 16 & 17 and I would therefore encourage anyone who hasn’t yet had a vaccine, whatever their age, to come along and get protected’.

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