The United Kingdom has started vaccinating 12 to 15 year olds in England and Scotland, the youngest age group yet to receive the Covid vaccination.
Invitations for the age group to be vaccinated are being sent out this week in Wales, and will be in Northern Ireland in October.
The rollout to this age group means some three million children are now eligible. This comes after the UK’s chief medical officers advised they only receive a single dose of Pfizer, rather than the double dose prescribed for adults.
Parental consent is not mandatory for this age bracket to receive the single dose, provided that the individual is considered competent to make the decision.
Inviting the younger teens and adolescents is part of the nationwide effort to get the population more protected before the winter months.
Booster shots in the form of a third jab of Pfizer are also being offered to the country’s most vulnerable, including anyone over 50.