Parents have been urged to book their children in for Covid-19 vaccinations over the half-term break by a senior doctor.

Children in England aged between 12 and 15 can now be booked in for their covid jabs online.

More than 2.5 million letters are being sent out to parents and guardians this week, asking them to book the vaccinations through the National Booking Service.

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According to Wales Online, almost 100 jab sites are ready to vaccinate the youngsters, with hundreds more expected to come online in the next few weeks.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS vaccine programme, said she would urge families to “book in to give children and their loved ones crucial protection ahead of winter”.

The NHS said parents and guardians are asked to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to be vaccinated outside school hours and consent will be sought on the day.

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Dr Kanani said: “Millions of parents will be receiving letters from tomorrow inviting their children to get a Covid vaccine through the National Booking Service – this provides an additional way for 12 to 15-year-olds to get their vaccine following the rollout in schools that has seen more than a half million vaccinated already.

“With October half-term upon us, it’s a convenient time for parents to book to get their children vaccinated and protected.

“If parents have already received their vaccine or been invited through their school then they do not need to do anything.

“The decision to get vaccinated has always been a private choice between a child and their parent or guardian – my 13-year-old son received his vaccine at school on the same day I had my booster dose in a local pharmacy.

“I would urge families to look at the information together and then book in to give children and their loved ones crucial protection ahead of winter.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We are making it easier for parents and guardians to book Covid-19 vaccine appointments for their 12 to 15-year-old children ahead of half-term.

“This will give them much more flexibility in getting the jab when it is convenient for them as well as further supporting the vaccine rollout to build our wall of defence.

“Vaccines are safe, will protect children from Covid-19 and prevent further disruption to education.”

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