Young people aged 5 to 11 years old who have specific medical conditions which place them at greater risk from the coronavirus will be invited for their first vaccination from this week onwards.

They will be contacted by health boards directly, so parents do not need to book an appointment for their child.

Those aged 5 to 11 whose household contacts of people with immune suppression will be invited to receive their vaccination in due course.

Letters will also be sent to young people who are aged 12-15 who are at particular clinical risk from covid-19 inviting them for a booster, 12 weeks after their last primary dose.

In the mean time, second doses are now available for all 12 to 15 year olds who have had their first dose at least 12 weeks ago. This cohort can book an appointment online on the NHS Inform website or go to a drop in clinic, where parent and carers are welcome to accompany them.

Anyone aged 16-17 can book their booster online for 12 weeks after their second dose. They can also visit a drop in clinic.

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Christina McKelvie, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:

 “This shows the continued success of Scotland’s vaccination programme thanks to the Scottish Government and all the health boards across Scotland which have allowed many Scots get their 2 vaccines as well as their booster.

“A massive thanks to all the people who have worked so hard across Scotland and in my constituency to make sure Scotland’s people are being protected as best as they can against COVID-19 to get their vaccines. Your work does not go unnoticed!

“I am urging all my constituents to get their vaccines, both first and second dose, and their booster, to not only protect themselves but those around them.”