As the new school year begins, it\’s important to remember that not all students are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. According to the Office of National Statistics data, as of 22 July this year, only 62.4% of 12- to 15-year-olds in England had received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine. This means that over a third of students in this age group are still at risk of contracting the virus.
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The vaccination rates for 16- to 17-year-olds were higher, 80.5% having received at least one dose and 69.8% with two or more. However, this still leaves many young people vulnerable to Covid infection.
Additional findings from the body of research showed that students eligible for free school meals were less likely to be vaccinated than their peers, with only 57.1% having received at least one dose compared to 62.9% of other students.
All students must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to protect themselves and others from the virus. If you or your child is not yet fully vaccinated, please speak to your GP about booking an appointment as soon as possible.
The ONS data highlights the importance of continued vigilance when preventing the spread of Covid-19, even as vaccination rates continue to rise. Everyone must do their part to keep themselves and others safe by following public health guidelines, such as washing hands regularly, wearing a face mask, and maintaining social distancing.
If you or someone you know is not yet vaccinated against Covid-19, it\’s important to get the vaccine as soon as possible. You can find out more about getting vaccinated on the NHS website.
It\’s important to remember that even if you\’ve been vaccinated, you can still spread the virus to others. So everyone must continue to follow the guidance on social distancing, hand washing and wearing face masks.
Let\’s all do our part to keep each other safe as we head back to school.
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