When can 16 to 17-year-olds get the second Covid vaccine, and how long must they wait before booking a shot?
16 and 17-year-olds can now schedule their second Covid vaccine appointment 12 weeks after their first shot.
After the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) updated its advice, people aged 16 and 17 can now receive their second Covid-19 jab.
The NHS initially only gave teenagers the first dose, with the timing of the second dose to be determined later.
Based on myocarditis research, the UKHSA has now recommended a 12-week gap between vaccinations for young people.
People aged 16 and 17 can now schedule their second vaccination 12 weeks after the first.
People aged 12-17 who are not in a high risk group should wait 12 weeks after a positive Covid test before getting vaccinated, according to the UKHSA.
“This increase from four weeks is based on emerging evidence from the UK and other countries, which suggests that leaving a longer interval between infection and vaccination may further reduce the already low risk of myocarditis in younger age groups,” according to the UKHSA.
“The Covid-19 vaccines are very safe,” said Dr. Mary Ramsay, UKHSA’s head of immunisations.
We recommend a longer interval between Covid infection and vaccination for those under the age of 18 based on a highly precautionary approach.
“Young people and parents should be reassured that myocarditis is extremely rare, regardless of when they start getting the vaccine, and that this change was made with extreme caution.”
As a result of the vaccine, there have been extremely rare cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) in teenagers.
“The Covid-19 vaccines are safe, and if you or your child has had no symptoms of myocarditis, there is no reason to be concerned if they received their first dose less than 12 weeks after infection,” the UKHSA says.
“Anyone who is concerned should know that these side effects appear only a few days after vaccination.”
Following rest and simple treatments, the majority of people recovered and felt better.”
Younger people should call 111 or visit their GP if they experience any of the following symptoms after receiving their vaccination:
Getting your second dose of the vaccine is simple and can be done right away by going to the.
News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.
When can 16 to 17-year-olds get the second Covid vaccine, and how long do they have to wait before booking a shot?
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When can 16 to 17-year-olds get the 2nd Covid vaccine? How under-18s have to wait before they can book jab