Five things 16 & 17-year-olds should know about the COVID-19 jab

Five things 16 & 17-year-olds should know about the COVID-19 jab 
 
Around one million 16 and 17 year olds across the UK should now have had a Covid-19 vaccination invitation letting them know that they can book a jab or come along to selected walk-in clinics. 
If you or your child is among them, and you’re wondering whether to take up the offer, here are five things you should know: 

1. Young people are coming forward in their thousands 
More than 360,000 of those aged 16 and 17 have already had their jab. Add to them the 3.3 million 18 to 24-year-olds who’ve had their first dose, and you can see that this youth movement is growing. 

2. There’s nothing to be scared of 
Not everyone is great with needles. Thankfully our vaccine centre staff have plenty of experience of putting people ease. Just let us know about any worries you have on arrival. Read more here

3. We’ve got lots of local venues
There are plenty of places to get your jab in South West London including St George’s Hospital in Wandsworth which is open from 8am to 4pm on the following dates: 

Friday 3 September-Sunday 5 September 
Friday 10 September-Sunday 12 September 
Thursday 16 September 
Saturday 18 September 
 
Find details of all our walk in centres here

4. If you’re not sure – talk to us 
Our friendly matrons and other vaccine staff are on hand to answer any questions you have about the vaccine, with absolutely no pressure to get the jab. Call in for a chat any time. 

5. Our doors are always open 
We’d love you to have your COVID-19 vaccine soon, so you are protected in time for going back to school or college next week, but if you need to think it over, that’s fine. We’ll continue to offer vaccinations to eligible groups well into the autumn, so it’s never too later – whether you’re 16 or 96.
 
For more about the vaccination programme in South West London visit our website 

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