New initiative urges young people to get vaccinated and return ‘back to life’

Young people across the North West have been sharing their stories about getting life back to normal after having the Covid-19 vaccine.

In a series of short video clips for an NHS social media campaign being launched today – #BackToLifeNW – people in their teens and twenties who have had at least one dose of the vaccine talk about returning to family gatherings, music events and holidays.

NHS North West hopes the campaign will inspire young people who haven’t been vaccinated yet to come forward for the jab so they can get back to doing things they enjoy safely.

Those sharing their Back to Life stories include 18-year-old Danielle who has had her vaccine so that she can enjoy spending time with her family and 19-year-old Patricia who is looking forward to watching live music with her friends now she is vaccinated.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Linda Charles-Ozuzu, Regional Director of Commissioning (North West), said, “Thanks to the vaccine, we can start to get back to life as it was before Covid-19 whilst less likely to get the virus, pass it on to others and become seriously ill.”

“Two doses of the vaccine is the best protection and whether you’re heading off to university, planning a night out with friends or looking forward to your favourite festival, the vaccine will help keep you and those around you safe.

“If you’re eligible but not yet taken up the offer, book your jab now or visit one of the many walk-in clinics around the North West and help us get back to a normal life.”

More than 9.1 million vaccinations have been delivered in the North West to date, part of more than 72 million vaccinations that have been delivered in total by the NHS in England.

Across the region, walk-in clinics are making it easier for people to fit in having a vaccine around their work, family and caring responsibilities. Find your nearest walk-in centre and opening times at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/north-west/grab-a-jab/  or book an appointment on the National Booking Service website at www.nhs.uk/Covid-Vaccination .

The NHS is now extending the Covid-19 vaccination programme to 16- and 17-year-olds, the country’s most vulnerable children and those who live with vulnerable adults following changes in guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) last week. All 16-and-17-year olds will be offered one jab dose of the vaccine, under the new guidance.

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