COVID Vaccines for young people aged 12-15 years
- From Monday 20 September, 12-15 year olds and their parents/carers can opt to drop-in to a vaccination clinic.
- From Monday 27 September, NHS Borders will offer vaccinations in schools. Information and consent forms will be coming out in school bags to children aged 12-15.
On 14 September the Scottish Government confirmed that children and young people aged 12 -15 years old in Scotland will be offered a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine following advice provided by the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers.
Children and young people aged 12 -15 years old will start to be offered a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from week commencing 20 September. This offer will be made to all children and young people aged 12-15 who are not already covered by existing advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Children aged 12-15 who have specific underlying conditions or disabilities are already covered by previous JCVI advice and will be offered two doses, eight weeks apart. From this week (week commencing Monday 20 September), 12-15 year olds and their parents/carers can opt to drop-in to a vaccination clinic. Before attending a clinic, young people and their parents must read the online leaflet and materials which can be found here: www.nhsinform.scot/12to15
From next week (week commencing 27 September) NHS Borders will offer vaccinations in schools. Information and consent forms will be coming out in school bags to children aged 12-15. Any parents/carers who have questions and would like to have a conversation with one of our clinical vaccinators are encouraged to visit a drop-in clinic w/c 20 September as parents will not be permitted to accompany their child to their appointment at a school session.
Once all children have had the initial opportunity to come to drop-ins or scheduled appointments, we will offer catch up sessions in schools or communities to allow those who still want to be vaccinated to get a vaccination (as some people, for instance, may currently be excluded due to 28 days post Covid-19 infection).
2021 Flu Immunisations and COVID boosters
The Scottish Government announced that Covid-19 booster vaccinations will be offered to frontline health & social care staff, those aged 50 and over and those with underlying health conditions putting them at greater risk. The booster programme will run alongside our biggest ever flu vaccination programme.
Covid-19 booster vaccinations will be offered to the same groups who were prioritised in Winter and Spring 2020/21, and JCVI have advised that at least 24 weeks should have passed since receiving the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, before a booster is administered.
The way that all vaccinations are delivered in the Borders has changed. Vaccinations will now be administered by NHS Borders in community clinics instead of by individual GP practices. Some vaccinations may still be administered in a practice building by NHS Borders staff. Those who are housebound will continue to get their vaccination at home and care home residents will get their vaccination in their care home setting. Please do not contact your GP practice to book your appointment as they will not be able to book it for you.
Our vaccination teams will start offering Covid-19 booster and flu vaccinations to care home residents and staff from 24 September. They will then offer vaccinations to those eligible who are housebound from 4 October.
Those aged 70 years and over and adults aged 16 years and over who are on the highest risk list (previously known as the shielding list) will receive their appointment details by post (blue envelope) for their Covid-19 and flu vaccination soon.
People on the highest risk list who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their last Covid-19 vaccination will be offered a third primary dose instead of a booster.
Other eligible groups, including those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions, adult carers, unpaid and young carers, adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals and all adults over 50 will be able to book their appointment online from October.
From October 2021 all childhood immunisations will become the responsibility of the Healthboard, in that our Practice Nurse will no longer be carrying these out. Vaccines will continued to be carried out in Jedburgh at the Health Centre, and you will receive an invitation directly from NHS.