Vaccines for 16 & 17-year-olds
In England, young people aged 16 and 17 can now receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
To make it easier for our students to access the COVID-19 vaccine, we are hosting a series of pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.
The vaccine offered to this age group will be the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This will provide around 80% protection against hospitalisation. Actual levels of protection could be even higher as younger people respond better to vaccines. Some 16 to 17-year-olds will also have already had the COVID-19 infection, meaning their protection level could be even greater.
Getting vaccinated is the single most important step that young people can take to protect themselves, their families and their communities against COVID-19 and to help us all get back to normal.
Shrewsbury College Group will have a total of four COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on the three different campus locations during the student Induction Days. Each clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine for people aged 16 and over on the following dates and times:
- English Bridge Campus. Thursday 9th September. 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Welsh Bridge Campus. Tuesday 14th September. 8.30am to 4.30pm
- London Road Campus. Wednesday 15th September. 8. 30am to 4.30pm
- London Road Campus. Thursday 16th September. 8.30am to 4.30pm
No appointment is needed, you can just pop in and get vaccinated. Alternatively, clinicians will be on hand to answer questions and address any concerns people may have. You do not have to be registered with a GP, need proof of address, immigration status or have an NHS number to be vaccinated but proof of age is recommended.
Although 16 and 17-year-olds do not need parental consent to get the Covid vaccine, we would appreciate your support and suggest parents and children talk about the vaccine before getting it done.
We encourage all unvaccinated students to take advantage of these pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics and get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. The COVID-19 vaccination plays a crucial role in keeping students, their classmates, and communities safe.
Those within three months of their eighteenth birthday, or who are 18 already also have the option to book through the National Booking System by calling 119 or booking an appointment online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
Alternatively, people aged 16+ can walk into one of the many walk-in clinics across the county. You can find details of the walk-in clinics nearest you here or scan the QR code. More clinics are added daily so do please keep checking back.
If you or the young person in your care have any questions, please visit the NHS website or pop into one of the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics hosted at Shrewsbury Colleges Group on the dates advertised.
Thank you for your support.