Covid-19 vaccination appointments for children aged 12-15 available in Hertfordshire and West Essex this semester
Parents can book Covid-19 vaccines for their children aged 12 to 15 at vaccination centers in Hertfordshire and West Essex from Saturday (October 23).
Five centers in Harlow, Stevenage, Letchworth, Hemel Hempstead and Watford offer appointments – which must be booked; no appointments allowed – Monday to Sunday (October 25 to 31).
Parents or guardians can book in their child for a single dose of Pfizer vaccine through the national online reservation service or by calling 119. The NHS has vaccinated 16 and 17 year olds with a single dose since early August, with hundreds of thousands already protected.
Online and phone reservation services offer an additional immunization option for parents, alongside the school-based program that has already led to nearly 500,000 young people being bitten nationwide.
The five centers in West Essex and Hertfordshire are:
- Harlow – LeisureZone, Second Avenue, Harlow CM20 3DT
- Hemel Hempstead – Hôpital Hemel Hempstead, chemin Hillfield HP2 4AD
- Letchworth Garden City – former Argos store, Garden Square shopping center, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3DP
- Stevenage – Robertson House, 6 Six Hills Way, Stevenage SG1 2FQ
- Watford – Town Hall, Watford WD17 3EX
This vaccination option will run at least until the end of October. The website https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/ will be updated with local availability of vaccination.
Over the next few weeks, parents and guardians of children aged 12 to 15 in Hertfordshire and West Essex – Uttlesford, Harlow and Epping Forest – will receive letters from the NHS National Team, their recalling that the offer of vaccination is there for their children.
Dr Rachel Joyce, Director of Clinical and Professional Services for Hertfordshire and West Essex, said: ‘As we approach the October semester I am really delighted that there are more opportunities. for young people to get vaccinated in our region.
“I know a lot of parents want to get their children vaccinated and some have missed out on school opportunities due to illness or because they had to wait 28 days after testing positive for Covid-19.
“If you are unsure whether the vaccination is right for your child, I strongly encourage you to review the information on our local website and the national NHS websites before making a decision.
“Covid-19 has already caused considerable disruption and distress to children and families in Hertfordshire and West Essex, and vaccination is the most effective protection against the virus. “
In Hertfordshire and West Essex 1,090,048 people received at least one vaccine and 1,001,710 received both doses.
Information on the Covid-19 vaccine is available at https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/vaccine-information-for-young-people.
To find out more about vaccinations in Hertfordshire and West Essex, including advice and information for specific groups, visit https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk.