Covid Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon confirms vaccines to be offered to all 12-15 year olds

By Carla Jenkins

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed all 12-15 year olds in Scotland will be offered one dose of the Pfizer covid vaccine.

Speaking to the public today following a cabinet meeting, Ms Sturgeon said material will be made available online later this week for any teenager or parents who have questions.

From Monday 20 September drop in clinics will be open for any 12 - 15 year old who has read the information and - in discussion with parents and carers - decided they wish to be vaccinated.

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The following week letters will be sent to all 12 to 15 year olds inviting them to an appointment at a drop-in centre or vaccination clinic.

Parents or carers will be permitted to accompany their children to clinics and vaccinators will be able to answer any questions both parties may have.

Ms Sturgeon said that while the JCVI could not recommend a universal offer of vaccine to this age group on health grounds alone, they indicated Chief Medical Officers should "consider whether any wider issues might tip the balance in the other direction".

Nicola Sturgeon delivered the statement today. (Getty Images)

She added: "The CMOs have now done so and concluded that vaccination could reduce disruption to education and that, taken together with the health benefits previously identified in the JCVI advice, extending the offer of vaccination to all 12 to 15 year olds is justified.

"Taking this broader view of the benefits and risks of vaccination, the CMOs are recommending that 12 to 15 year olds should be offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

"This advice has been broadly endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

"I can confirm to Parliament today that the Scottish Government welcomes and accepts this recommendation. We believe that vaccination of 12 - 15 year olds is important and we will therefore move to implement the advice as quickly as possible.

"It is, of course, important to stress the importance of informed consent. I know that many young people and their parents will have questions. Material will be made available online later this week.

"It will be appropriate to both young people and adults. It will seek to answer questions and provide balanced information to help young people and their parents make informed choices."


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