6000 capital region teens had second shot

15.09.2021 - 09:19
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Around 80 percent of partially vaccinated capital region 12-15-year-olds have now received their second COVID-19 vaccination injection. The head of nursing at Heilsugæslan (the capital region primary care provider) says the proportion at this stage is similar to other age groups. It will still be possible for others to come for vaccination, she says.

The vaccination sessions this week have been busy in Reykjavík, with 6,000 of the 7,000 teenagers who received a first shot now fully vaccinated.

Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir, head of nursing, says it is more common for younger people to feel faint receiving injections than older people, but that the yougsters have coped extremely well with the current coronavirus vaccinations. It is nevertheless important for parents or guardians to attend with their children when possible.

There is an open door policy for vaccination at Suðurlandsbraut every week day from 10.00 until 15.00.

"We have even heard that there are seveal groups on school trips, and they are of course welcome when they come back."

Is there anything in particular you need to keep in mind when vaccinating children and teenagers, which is different to adults?

"Yes, we set up special facilities for children. There are always two and two chairs together because parents accompany, and then we have special facilities to be able to receive children who are scared or anxious and take them aside and give then much more time, so yes, we stretch ourseleves in totally different ways when we have the children," Ragnheiður Ósk says.

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