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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 33971, tabled on 15 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that young people who (a) will turn 18 in July or August and (b) are going to university in 2021 have been offered both doses of a covid-19 vaccination prior to the commencement of the university new term.

Answered on

20 July 2021

The Government has accepted the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice that young people, including students, may be offered a COVID-19 vaccination within three months of turning 18 years old. The second dose of the vaccine would be offered eight weeks after the first dose.

Students over the age of 16 years old with underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19 have been offered both doses of vaccine as part of phase one of the vaccine deployment programme. Age is assessed to be the strongest factor linked to mortality, morbidity and hospitalisations.

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