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Vaccination programme extended to include second doses for 16 to 17 year-olds and boosters for people aged 40 to 49

In a further boost to the covid vaccination programme in Lincolnshire and across the country, the government announced earlier this week that all adults aged 40 to 49 will be offered a covid booster vaccination six months after their second dose, and young people aged 16 to 17 should be offered a second dose of the covid vaccination.

Importantly parents/guardians of 16 to 17 year-olds are being reminded that their child/children should have their second dose 12 weeks or more following their first vaccination, or 12 weeks after having had covid, whichever is later.

“Previously only younger people in risk groups were eligible for a second dose, but this has now been extended to 16 to 17 year-olds who are not at risk.  And as per a change in national guidance, the other key change with this group is that the gap between first and second doses is now 12 weeks,” explains Rebecca Neno, Director of Covid and Influenza Vaccination Programmes, NHS Lincolnshire CCG.

For those aged 16 to 17, the National Booking System will be available from 22nd November for second dose bookings, with appointments available no earlier than the recommended 12 week interval.  Similarly, the National Booking System will open for booking for people aged 40 to 49 to book their booster vaccinations from 22nd November, with invitations being sent to people shortly thereafter to book.

“With the 40 to 49s it will be possible to book via the National Booking System at five months after your second dose for a booster appointment at six months, exactly as it has been for people aged 50 or over.  To-date we have delivered more than 179,000 booster doses in Lincolnshire, and people have really responded well to us asking them to book their appointment first, which we are grateful for and will continue to do,” adds Rebecca.

In line with the 12-week interval between first and second doses for 16 to 17 year olds, parents/guardians of schoolchildren aged between 12-15, who are being vaccinated in school or at one of the county’s Mass Vaccination Centres at PRSA, Boston, and the Lincolnshire Showground, are also being asked to note that if their child has had covid within the last 12 weeks, their appointment will need to be rebooked.

“This advice will be sent to parents/guardians via their child’s school and it means that any appointments for children who have had covid within the last 12 weeks will need to be rebooked via the National Booking System for 12 weeks after they have had covid.  As with the 16 to 17 year-olds, this is simply a reflection of an update in the national guidance we have received,” explains Rebecca.

The schools programme continues to be on track, with 46 percent of eligible 12-15s having been vaccinated.  Following on from the success of the ‘pop’ up vaccination sessions for 12-15s at PRSA, Boston, and at the Lincolnshire Showground during the recent half-term break, a further series of pop-up sessions have been arranged over the coming weeks (see dates below) at PRSA, the Lincolnshire Showground, and in Skegness and Spalding.

The pop-up vaccination sessions for 12-15 year-olds will run as follows:

  • PRSA Mass Vaccination Centre, Boston

    PRSA Mass Vaccination Centre, Boston

    Saturday 20th November, 10am-4pm
    Sunday 21st November, 10am-4pm
    Sunday 28th November, 2pm-5pm
    Sunday 5th December, 2pm-5pm
    Sunday 12th December, 2pm-5pm
    Sunday 19th December, 9am-12pm
    Monday 20th December, 9am-12pm
    Tuesday 21st December, 9am-12pm
    Wednesday 22nd December, 9am-12pm
    Thursday 23rd December, 9am-12pm

  • The Lincolnshire Showground Mass Vaccination Centre

    The Lincolnshire Showground Mass Vaccination Centre

    Saturday 20th November, 10am-4pm
    Sunday 21st November, 10am-4pm
    Sunday 5th December, 10am-1pm
    Sunday 12th December, 10am-1pm
    Sunday 19th December, 9am-12pm
    Monday 20th December, 9am-12pm
    Tuesday 21st December, 9am-12pm
    Wednesday 22nd December, 9am-12pm
    Thursday 23rd December, 9am-12pm

  • Storehouse, Skegness

    Storehouse, Skegness

    Tuesday 7th December, 4pm-7pm

  • Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding

    Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding

    Sunday 12th December, 10am-4pm

Finally, over the weekend of 26th, 27th and 28th November, the Mass Vaccination Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground will be closed due to a pre-arranged event taking place on site.

“This is something we have been aware of for a while now and we have taken the appropriate steps, so that people cannot book in for an appointment during these three days.  Whilst our staff can’t work at the Showground during this time, our teams will be busy vaccinating housebound patients and people in care homes and, of course, there are other vaccination sites available to book locally via the National Booking System or by calling 119 if you would still like to be vaccinated during this time.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, our site at the Showground will be open again on Monday 29th November,” concludes Rebecca.

 

Published 19/11/2021