Triplets have first jab as young people encouraged to get vaccinated

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Young people across Cheshire and Merseyside are being encouraged to follow the lead of three triplets from Sefton who have had their first Covid-19 jab.

Triplets John-Paul, Joshua and Samuel Aney, aged 13, seized the opportunity to have their first Covid-19 vaccine dose at Netherton Health Centre in Bootle, Sefton.

The teens will now be eligible for their second dose in 12 weeks’ time.

Families across the sub-region are being urged to get their children protected against coronavirus and use the online booking system to secure their appointment, or call their local centre to book.

All children aged 12 to 15 can have a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination).

To have a vaccination, children or parents can:

If you or your child are unsure about being vaccinated, you can also go along to your nearest site and discuss with staff without pressure to get the jab.

Dr Ken Lamden, a local GP working on the vaccination programme, said: “We know the best protection against coronavirus is to get vaccinated and I’d urge everyone, whatever your age, to come forward and get vaccinated as soon as it is possible.

“Anyone yet to come forward for their booster, first or second dose should check where their nearest site is and take steps to get protected now – it’s not too late.”

In the North West, more than 14 million total doses of vaccine have been delivered since the vaccination programme began in December 2020, including almost 3.7 million boosters.

Anyone yet to have a first, second or third dose can book online through the National Booking Service if it has been three months since your last dose and, if relevant, 28 days since testing positive for Covid, if you are aged 18 and over.

To check eligibility and find a range of information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme, go to: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine

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