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.
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.