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12 to 15 year olds to be offered the vaccination

Young people, aged 12 to 15, are to be offered the vaccine, it was announced last week.

The NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, supported by GPs and community pharmacies, it is reported.

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, has a teenage child. He said:

“If your 12 to 15 year old child has underlying health concerns, the advice is clear – take the vaccine when it’s offered to you.

“For parents of children without underlying health concerns, it’s potentially a more difficult decision.

“While I can’t make parents’ minds up for them, I can tell you what I will do, and that is to give consent for my teenage child to receive the vaccination.

“I’d encourage parents to talk with their child about the decision and why the Chief Medical Officers are recommending that the vaccine is offered to them.”

Read the full story on the Devon County Council News Centre.