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Vaccinations for teens aged 16-17: Our readers react

ALL teenagers aged 16 and 17 in Wales will be offered Covid-19 vaccinations, and our readers have had theirs say. 

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said work was under way to expand the vaccination programme.

It follows new advice to offer 16 and 17-year-olds a first dose of the jab from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

There are 67,142 teenagers in the age bracket in Wales – some have already been eligible for the jab.

Officials close to the programme said that under current UK guidance, if a child is able to understand the risks and benefits of any medical treatment then they can legally give consent without their parents’ say-so.

Taking to social media, Penarth Times readers have shared their opinions on the news and whether they would allow their child to have it. 

You can check out a selection of the comments below.

The following comments were posted to the Penarth Times Facebook posts. You can join in the conversation here.

Eve Hosgood: “My daughter has had two doses of the Pfizer already at age 17 due to having asthma, she’s absolutely fine.”

Samantha Louise Arnold: “Yes without a doubt.”

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Bradley Jones: “Would you let them? At 16 you can leave home, have a full time job and join the forces or Merchant Navy.

“It’s not your parents decision regardless.”

Alison James said: “The covid vaccine is still in trials though so I think it’s wrong to compare to all those you’ve mentioned (including flu)

“Besides, at 16/17 most are mature enough to make their own decisions.

“I certainly wouldn’t be giving it to a young child anytime soon.”

Robert Hayman: “At 16 they are deemed adult. So it is their decision.”

Jane Owen-Ffoulkes: “Yes, had all the other vaccines growing up and survived.”

 

 

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