Over 16s can now get the jab

Everyone in Kirklees aged 16 and 17 can now get their Covid-19 vaccination.

All 16 and 17 year olds will be offered a one jab dose of the vaccine, under the new guidance ahead of going back to school or college in September.

How do you get your jab? 

To get your jab, you can either visit one of the vaccine walk in clinics that are able to jab 16 and 17 year olds or wait to be contacted by your GP.

Vaccine clinics offering walk-in appointments for 16 and 17 year olds this week include: Honley Village Hall, Slaithwaite Civic Hall and the John Smith’s Stadium. You do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to attend a walk-in clinic.

Find your nearest clinic   

You can use the new NHS site finder to find your nearest clinic vaccinating over 16s.

This website is being updated all the time so if you can’t see one convenient to you please keep checking back for newly listed walk-in clinics.

Some GP practices will also be offering vaccinations and are contacting people to arrange appointments. Please wait to be invited rather than contacting your practice.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said:

“I am delighted to tell you that the 16 to 17-year-old cohort is now being offered the vaccine.  The vaccine rollout is having a really positive impact and is absolutely the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

As well as saving lives, protecting the vulnerable, and giving us hope, the COVID-19 vaccine is giving back our freedom so we can start to enjoy all the things we’ve missed so much.

I encourage all 16 to 17-year-olds to take the vaccine and help us protect each other.”

In line with the latest JCVI guidance, 16 and 17 year olds will be vaccinated with a single dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Steve Brennan, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme in Kirklees said:

“It’s fantastic that we can now offer this life-saving protection to 16 and 17-year-olds in Kirklees. It’s been a difficult 15 months for many people, and particularly hard for young people who’ve missed out on so many things that are part of their normal social life.  Having the jab means that they and their loved-ones are better protected against the virus.”

More information 

We are continuing to work closely with the NHS and will be extending our vaccination rollout programme to our most vulnerable children, and those who live with vulnerable adults following changes in guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically vulnerable to Covid, or live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus, will be contacted by the NHS and invited for their vaccine over the coming weeks. Parents and carers of children should wait to be contacted either by their GP or specialist hospital team.

The Covid-19 vaccine will also be offered to children aged 12 years and over who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, such as those receiving chemotherapy or who have had a transplant.

Anyone 18 or over can also use the site finder to find a local walk-in service or book an appointment using the National Booking Service.