16 to 17-year-olds urged to get second dose of Pfizer vaccine 

Young people aged 16 and 17 can now get a second dose of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, and are being urged to book theirs as soon as it is due. 

Previously only adults were offered a second dose, but eligibility has now been extended to 16 and 17-year-olds. They are able to have their second dose 12 weeks after their first jab.  

Healthy children aged 12 to 17 are now being advised to wait 12 weeks after a coronavirus infection before having their Pfizer vaccination. Previously the advice was to leave a four-week gap, but experts believe this length of gap may reduce the already low risk of heart inflammation after a vaccine in children.  

Young people in the borough can head to one of our walk-in clinics across Merton to get their first or second dose. 

COVID-19 can affect people of any age and the vaccine is designed to reduce the risk of long-term illness and death.