Natalie Don MSP is encouraging children and young people aged between 12 and 15 across Renfrewshire to make informed decisions about accepting the COVID-19 vaccination which they will be offered from Monday.

The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West has welcomed the Scottish Government’s acceptance of the advice provided by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) to offer one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to 12 to 15 year olds, but understands both the children and their parents or carers may have questions.

Natalie Don MSP said: “The decision by all four of the Chief Medical Officer across the UK to recommended that 12 to 15 year olds should be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has not been taken lightly.

“The CMOs concluded that, when taking into consideration the health benefits identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), offering the vaccination to this age group could reduce disruption to education.

“Children and young people will, of course, be provided with clear health information so they can fully understand the benefits as well as potential side effects so that, along with their parents or carers, they can have a discussion and come to a decision together.”

Natalie added: “I would encourage everyone to read the information that will be provided, and not to hesitate in visiting a vaccination drop-in clinic to ask any questions or share any concerns they may have.”

Local children and young people aged 12 to 15 can attend drop-in clinics to receive their COVID-19 vaccine from Monday and they should receive a letter from 27th September inviting them to a vaccination appointment.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year olds, go to www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine.