2,000 South Tyne teenagers now double jabbed

A fifth of teenagers in South Tyneside have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, new figures show.
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2,000 teenagers double jabbed

Data from the UK coronavirus dashboard show 1,428 people aged 16 and 17 in the area had received two jabs by January 16 – some 44% of the age group.

A further 602 youngsters between 12 and 15 had also received two doses of a vaccine by that date – nine per cent of the age group.

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That means 2,030 under-18s in South Tyneside are double-jabbed – at least 20% of the age group.

They are among 5,343 (52%) who had received a first dose by January 16.

The Government called for teenagers to get their second jab ahead of their return to school after the Christmas break, in an effort to tackle the Omicron wave.

In England, 52% of 12 to 15-year-olds have had at least one dose of the Covid jab, including nine per cent who have received two.

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The rates for 16 and 17-year-olds stood at 66% for one dose and 45% for two by January 16.

A Government spokesperson said: “The evidence is clear, vaccines are the best way to protect young people and their friends and family from Omicron."

Booster bookings for 16 and 17-year-olds, and for clinically vulnerable 12 to 15-years-olds are now being offered.

NHS vaccination programme lead for 12 to 15-year-olds, Nick Hulme, said: “The booster has been proven to give substantial levels of protection against Covid-19 and the new Omicron variant, so it is vital that our youngest and most at-risk get their top-up dose as soon as possible.