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.”
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.”