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Covid vaccine buses to visit festivals and football matches in bid to get teens jabbed


The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said older teenagers should get inoculated in a move that will see a further 1.4 million young people eligible for the jab

A person is given a Covid jab dose
Older teenagers are set to be offered Covid jabs

Covid vaccine buses could be deployed at large-scale events like football ties and music festivals to get older teens jabbed, say reports.

And further plans to encourage people over 16 to get vaccinated are said to include the recruitment of social media influencers aimed at encouraging younger groups.

Earlier it was confirmed that Covid jabs will be offered to teenagers aged between 16 and 17.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said older teenagers should get inoculated in a move that will see a further 1.4 million young people eligible for the jab.

And it has been suggested that the eligibility for a vaccine could extend even further in future with doses being offered to children as young as 12.








Revellers at Latitude Festival queue up for a jab on a vaccine bus
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Now, i reports that work is under way in a bid to offer incentives to the younger age groups to get the jab as soon as possible.

There are said to be concerns teenagers will not get a vaccine because they don’t get around to it, are unsure about how to get one or simply don’t want to.

Measures to prevent this are said to include the use of ‘vaccine buses,’ which are mobile vaccination centres offering jabs, during the Premier League football season.

These buses could also be used at other large scale events that attract younger crowds, including music festivals and gigs.

Social media influencers could also be called upon to encourage youngsters to get a jab using platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

Recent NHS data reveals that about a third of young adults have not been jabbed – representing roughly three million 18 to 30-year-olds.








The walk in venture has cropped up at some events
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People aged over 18 were made eligible for the vaccine in June.

It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid accepted the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommendation to expand the vaccine rollout and has asked the NHS to prepare to start giving first doses to youngsters “as soon as possible.”

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam appeared to hint that vaccine eligibility could go even further and may be rolled out to children as young as 12 in future.




In response to the expansion of the jabs rollout the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) blasted how it had been handled.

The latest government data shows there have been nearly 47 million first doses of a Covid vaccine and 38.8 million second shots.

On Thursday there were a further 30,215 people testing positive for the disease and another 86 deaths.









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