Wednesday 4th August 2021

Following the JCVI’s announcement to offer the Covid-19 vaccine to 16 and 17-year-olds, Teenage Cancer Trust’s Chief Nurse urges newly eligible 16 & 17-year-olds to take up the offer to free the vulnerable from isolation.

Dr Louise Soanes, Chief Nurse, Teenage Cancer Trust said:

“Young people with cancer have told us that they continue to feel apprehensive about Covid-19 and some continue to shield and take other precautions despite restrictions lifting.  The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s decision to offer 16 and 17-year-olds the Covid-19 vaccination will help reduce that apprehension. The expansion of the vaccination programme will protect their friends, family and others they come into contact with, but more crucially, it will also provide an additional layer of protection for the clinically vulnerable themselves.

“I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated so when they are ready, so clinically vulnerable people like those with cancer, can feel safe and begin to experience life again.”