Vaccine boosters will be available for people aged 40 and over next week. Picture: Pixabay.

The large scale Covid vaccination hub at King’s Lynn is opening for jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds.

Large scale vaccination centres across Norfolk are now offering jabs for this age group by appointment only.

Mike Passfield, clinical operations director for the Large Scale Vaccination Centres run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “We are pleased to be offering one dose of the vaccine to all 12 to 15-year-olds which will give good protection and help stop the spread of the virus to other people, including within schools.”

Appointments for this age group at the large scale centres can be booked via the National Booking Services at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. 

Vaccinations for this age group will not be available on a walk-in basis and Mr Passfield said, alternatively, parents and young people can still choose to access the vaccination programme being delivered in schools by Hertfordshire and East Anglia Community School Aged Immunisation Service. 

Cath Byford, chief nurse, at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Millions of children around the world have had a COVID-19 vaccine – it’s safe and effective and is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves and those we care about.  

“The majority of 12 to 15-year-olds are being offered one dose of the vaccine to give them the best protection against Covid. This includes children who turn 12 on the date of their vaccination.

“However, two doses eight weeks apart will be offered to children where their healthcare professional has identified they have a condition that means they are at high risk from COVID-19, or if they live with someone who is immunosuppressed.

 “We’re making it as easy as possible for people to get their jab, and consent for 12 to 15- year-olds will be sought in line with national guidelines at their vaccination appointment.

“Our friendly vaccination teams will be happy to answer any questions you have. 

“They can also provide extra support if you are nervous or anxious, just speak to a member of the team at any of our vaccination sites and let them know what you need to feel relaxed and comfortable.”

The vaccinations will be offered at Lynn’s Shakespeare Barn centre on Tuesdays 4.30pm to 7.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 8.30am to 4pm.

For half-term only next week, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4pm. 

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when they attend the vaccination centre.