Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Invitations to get a Covid vaccine will be landing on the doormats of all 16 and 17-year-olds in a further effort to boost take-up in this age group.
Over 360,000 people aged 16 and 17 have already had their jab – which includes those who were eligible previously eligible due to an underlying health condition, with more than 125,000 getting their jab in the two weeks since the NHS was given the green light to offer all 16 and 17-years-olds the life-saving jab.
They will also be receiving letters, inviting them to come to their nearest walk-in centre with many already receiving invitations from their GP and taking up the offer.
Anyone in this age group can now find their nearest centre through the ‘grab a jab’ NHS online walk-in finder, with more sites becoming available every day. Follow-up text messages are being sent out today (20 August) to ensure NHS staff are vaccinating 16 and 17-year-olds as quickly as possible ahead of their return to school.
GPs are also inviting at-risk children aged between 12 and 15 years old, who are clinically vulnerable to COVID or live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus, with 30,000 children in this age group already protected.
From 16 August, when even more people will have the protection of both vaccine doses, anyone who is a close contact of a positive case, and who are not displaying any symptoms, will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been fully vaccinated.
NHS Test and Trace provides you with the information you need to make the best decision for yourself, your loved ones and your community. The government has left behind the phase of strict rules and regulations, but you still need to act responsibly and play your part in preventing transmission of COVID-19 by taking a PCR test.
Current policy is that all close contacts, regardless of vaccination status are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible, so that they can have certainty about their condition.
The testing policy is unchanged, the change being implemented means that if people are fully vaccinated (and not displaying symptoms) they will only be required to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test.
It is essential that everyone follows the rules and undertakes a PCR test if they are identified as a contact, regardless of their vaccination status in order to protect those who are not yet fully vaccinated or are clinically vulnerable. By doing so everyone will be helping to protecting the progress we have made against the pandemic and keeping restrictions at a low level - ‘let’s keep life moving’
In line with the approach for adults, anyone under the age of 18 who is a close contact of a positive case will no longer need to self-isolate. Under 18s and their parents or guardians will be given specific advice depending on their age whether they should get tested and will need to self-isolate if they test positive. Changes for children are important to reduce the impact on school attendance and the goal to treat children equitably with adults when they are not (generally) eligible for vaccination. These measures will also come into force on 16 August ahead of the autumn school term.
Anyone who tests positive will still need to self-isolate regardless of their vaccination status or age.
For more information, please see Gov.uk (external link)
Sixteen and 17-year-olds across the UK are now being invited to book their coronavirus vaccine, with GPs in England told they can contact this age group. Young people in this age group must wait to be contacted by their GPs and cannot yet book their appointment on the NHS app.
The opening of vaccinations to 16 and 17-year-olds in England comes at the same time as the government is launching a new drive to encourage young people to get jabbed.
New figures published on the Gov.uk dashboard show that most patients in hospital with COVID-19 in England continue to be unvaccinated and that one in five people being admitted to hospital in England with COVID-19 is aged between 18 and 34 years old. This shows how effective the vaccine is in protecting those who are vaccinated.
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