In an effort to promote uptake among the youth, pop-up Covid vaccination centres will be hosted in several events this weekend.
According to official figures, only three in five people between the ages of 18 to 25 have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The low take-up is quite concerning as the government is banking on vaccination to limit infections following the lifting of almost all coronavirus restrictions in England.
Last month all young people over-18 were encouraged to step up for vaccination. Despite threats of vaccine passports for venues such as nightclubs, the youth did not seem enthused to receive the Covid vaccines.
In order to encourage more young people to be vaccinated, the NHS will set up pop-up vaccine centres at festivals, sporting events and even a circus in England.
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for NHS England’s vaccination programme, said: “From festivals to farm shops, circus tents and stadiums, NHS teams are working hard to set up vaccine clinics at a huge range of popular locations, all with the aim of getting as many people vaccinated as possible.”
Age breakdown of users will be conducted to assess whether the targetted age groups are coming forward for vaccination, officials say. The main purpose of setting up the pop-up vaccination centres is to get the economy back on track following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.