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*Update* 16 and 17 year olds to be vaccinated.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have announced that all 16 and 17 year olds will be able to come forward to get vaccinated as part of the UK's rollout. The UK regulator, the MHRA, recently authorised the Pfizer vaccine for use in teenagers, and the JCVI have come forward with this recommendation following rigorous analysis of the data.
While children do not tend to develop severe symptoms from Covid-19 compared to that of older age groups, the Delta variant has been highly transmissible within children, and so the experts have decided that all 16 and 17 year-olds should receive their first dose as soon as the NHS are ready to vaccinate them. The data will be further analysed before a further announcement on when second doses will be administered to this age group.
These vaccines are safe and effective so I would encourage everyone in this age group to come forward and get vaccinated.
Stage four of the roadmap
The government has announced that we will move to the next stage of easing coronavirus restrictions - Step 4 on Monday 19th July. This means most legal pandemic restrictions will be removed.
However, the Government has given clear advice that hands, face, space and fresh air are vital. This means regularly washing our hands, wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces such as public transport and meeting with others outdoors if possible.
The Government still requires people that test positive for Coronavirus to self - isolate and for them to provide their close contacts to NHS Test & Trace. From 16th August those who have had both doses of the vaccine will be exempt from having to self-isolate if they come into contact with a Coronavirus case.
The Government will continue to have measures at the border to prevent the importation of Coronavirus. However, those who have had both vaccine doses will be able to travel to countries on the 'Amber list' and return without having to quarantine..
The vaccine continues to be our way out of the pandemic. So please, get the jab if you are eligible.
For further information and guidance for Step 4 please click HERE.