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Young People Take Up the Vaccine

Jake Franklin – Photo Courtesy of NHS Tayside

Hundreds of young people have taken to drop-in vaccination centres across Tayside since the government announced at the weekend that the vaccine is open to young people.

On Saturday 7 August, the Scottish Government announced that 16- and 17-year-olds could start attending drop-in vaccination centres according to updated advice from the JCVI.

Dr Daniel Chandler, Associate Director of Public Health, said: “It’s important for young adults to get the jab to protect themselves and those around them as they return to school, college and university over the coming weeks.”

Sixteen-year-old Jake Franklin, pictured, had his vaccine on Sunday, he said it was important for him to protect his parents, grandparents and his teachers before his return to 5th year at Montrose Academy.

Anyone aged 16 or over who has not had their first jab, or who is at 8 weeks or more since their first jab, can attend any of the drop-in clinics running in Tayside.

Dr Chandler added: “We’ve seen a really positive response from 16- and 17-year-olds so far, and our drop-in clinics, which are open to everyone eligible, will continue to run over the coming weeks. We’ll also be issuing appointments to 16- and 17-year-olds who register with the online portal. Our vaccination bus will also be returning to Dundee this week with vaccination clinics running at Dens Road and Stack Leisure Park.

“By getting the jab you are protecting yourself, your loved ones and your local community and helping all of us to get out of this pandemic as quickly and safely as possible.”

This week, the nearest drop-in vaccination centre is running every day from 10am until 6pm at the Dewar’s Centre in Perth.

A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said: “This latest cohort can also self-register for an appointment by visiting www.nhsinform.scot/vaccineregistration. They will then be sent an appointment by text or email. Anyone who doesn’t register or attend a drop-in clinic will be sent an appointment invitation through the post.”

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