Lanarkshire cousins among first 12-15 year-olds to get COVID jabs as children’s vaccination rollout underway

Two Lanarkshire cousins were among the first 12 to 15 year-olds in Scotland to get their coronavirus vaccine.

Fifteen-year-old Molly Rowe went along to Fernhill Community Centre in Rutherglen with her cousin Harry Yates, 14, as the pair got their first jabs.

Molly, who attends St John Ogilvie High in Hamilton, and Harry from East Kilbride, say they were happy to get their jabs after school.

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Their vaccines will now allow them to head off to a family holiday in Spain together during the October break.

It comes as the rollout of the children’s vaccination programme began yesterday, September 20.

Molly holds an information leaflet after she received her vaccine
(Image: PA)

Drop-in clinics will now accept kids aged between 12 to 15 for the COVID jab if they wish to get a first dose before they receive their letter inviting them for a scheduled appointment.

According to the Scottish Government, everyone in the age group will be invited for vaccination at a community based clinic or a school delivery session from September 27.

The UK’s four chief medical officers gave the green light to vaccinating younger teenagers in an attempt to prevent more disruption to education.

Teenagers across Scotland will be offered a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine but it will not be compulsory for schoolchildren to take the jab.

On the day, the two Lanarkshire pupils had their jabs were administered by dentist Nollaig O Callaghan as the first Pfizer vaccines were given to children yesterday.

Meanwhile, residents in care homes across the country as of yesterday will also be offered a third jab as part of the booster vaccination programme which is now underway.

Older care home residents can also be given their flu jab alongside the booster COVID vaccine.

Clinics are operating in Airdrie, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Lanark, Motherwell and Rutherglen; and eligible young people are invited to attend with their parents or carers to ask any questions they wish to have answered.

Dr Mark Russell, who is leading the COVID-19 immunisation programme in Lanarkshire, said: “The rollout of the vaccine to all children and young people aged 12 to 15 marks a significant milestone in the programme.

“The vaccines have demonstrated they are safe and effective in this age group, and vaccination offers the best chance of protecting young people from COVID-19 and preventing further disruption to education.

“Many countries around the world have already been safely vaccinating children and young people in this age group.”

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