‘I think it is our social responsibility to vaccinate’: Meet the Gloucestershire mum vaccinating her child against Covid-19

With Covid-19 vaccinations now available for 12 to 15-year-olds in Gloucestershire, SoGlos spoke to a local mum about her decision to vaccinate her child.

Children aged 12 to 15-years-old in Gloucestershire are now eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine, with Gloucestershire County Council encouraging people to take up the offer.

SoGlos spoke to a Gloucestershire mum about why she’s decided to have her child vaccinated as soon as she can – and why she thinks the vaccinations are so important to protect others.

About the sponsor – Gloucestershire County Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Gloucestershire County Council is working hard to help control the spread of Covid-19 in the county, as well as providing clear advice and information to residents. It advises that getting children vaccinated will help to reduce the spread of the virus within schools, reduce time out of education and reduce the risk of complications should they contract Coronavirus.

The NHS in Gloucestershire is co-ordinating the school-based Covid-19 vaccination programme in Gloucestershire this autumn, offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children aged 12 to 15-years-old.

For more information, visit covid19.glos.nhs.uk.

Tell us a bit about your family.

I have two children – a son who is in secondary school and a daughter in primary school.

Children aged 12 to 15 are being offered the Covid-19 vaccine in Gloucestershire – did you decide to have your eligible child vaccinated straight away?

My son would have already been vaccinated by now, but unfortunately, he tested positive on a PCR test just before half term so must wait for 12 weeks before he can have the vaccination.

What made you decide to get your eligible child vaccinated?

I think it is our social responsibility to vaccinate. Fortunately, we don’t know anyone who has been badly affected by Covid-19 – though we are acutely aware of what it could do.

Do you have any concerns about vaccinating your 12 to 15-year-old?

I don’t have any concerns; both of my children have had all their vaccinations required from birth and I don’t see this being any different.

Did you talk to your child about Covid-19 before they had their jab?

We have spoken very openly about Covid-19 throughout the pandemic. Whilst I think that there has been a huge amount of scaremongering and unhelpful reporting surrounding the numbers and those affected, I do believe we should do everything we can to protect ourselves and others.

What advice would you give to other parents who are unsure about whether to have their children vaccinated against Covid-19?

I would say read the facts and don’t rely on social media for reference to base your decisions on.

For more information about Covid-19 vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds in Gloucestershire, see 7 reasons Gloucestershire parents are being encouraged to vaccinate their kids against Covid-19, or visit covid19.glos.nhs.uk.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 17 November 2021

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