Govt plan walk-in clinics to speed up vaccine rollout for 12-to 15-year-olds
Covid-19 / Sun 17th Oct 2021 at 05:14pm
WALK-in vaccine clinics for schoolchildren will be unveiled within weeks in an effort to speed up the jabs rollout.
The Mail on Sunday revealed that Ministers are planning to launch the scheme for 12-to- 15-year-olds shortly.
It comes amid concern that the Government has been far too slow in rolling out the vaccination programme in schools.
Sources also claim the new clinics are an attempt to keep anti-vaxxers away from the school gates.
Last night, there were fresh calls to speed up the vaccination of teenagers after an analysis of official figures by The Mail on Sunday found almost half of new Covid cases in England are now in the under-20s.
When schools went back early last month, 33 per cent of new cases were in that age group.
But by the second week of this month, the proportion had grown to 46 per cent. Teenagers now make up the lion’s share of infections in the under-20s.
Because cases have been rising, in absolute terms the number of new infections in under-20s is not far off having doubled since early September, rising from about 9,000 to almost 15,500 a day.
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