Covid vaccines have been available for young English teenagers for almost a month but take-up rates are as low as 3.5%. Wokingham has jabbed the highest proportion of 12-15 year-olds in the country (just over 36%) but the figure for the whole of England (15%) lags far behind that of Scotland. MailOnline has the story.
The picture is very different in Scotland, where the rate stands at around 46.5%, with some areas of the country jabbing almost two thirds of their young teens.
The figures come off the back of rising concerns about a surge in coronavirus cases among young teens in England.
Random swabbing data suggests around 8% of secondary school pupils were carrying the virus last week. Separate figures show infection rates in children have reached record highs. …
First doses of Covid vaccine started being rolled out to all the UK’s 3.2 million 12-15 year-olds on September 20th.
But the move was controversial, with concerns over a very rare risk of heart inflammation called myocarditis, estimated to affect 3-17 per million children under the age of 16 after their first Covid jab.
This risk increases to 12-24 per million children when they receive a second dose of the vaccine.
While in most cases the condition is mild, scientists do not know the long term implications. …
More than a third of England’s 149 upper tier local authorities (55) have vaccinated fewer than one in 10 young teens. The three worst areas for England and the U.K. are in London.