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Vaccine buses could be deployed to large-scale events such as football games and gigs in a bid to get jabs to 16 and 17-year-olds quickly.

There are also plans to recruit social media influencers to encourage younger groups to get vaccinated against Covid-19.













As the Covid-19 vaccination programme is expanded to include 16 and 17-year-olds, work is under way to incentivise younger cohorts to get jabbed as quickly as possible.

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There are concerns teenagers will not get a vaccine because they simply do not get round to it, or they are not clear how to arrange getting one, rather than because they do not want a jab.

i understands that measures to counter this will aim to make the vaccination process for teenagers as easy as possible.

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This could include utilising vaccine buses – mobile vaccination centres where young people can get jabbed – during the upcoming Premier League football season, which commences next week.

The buses could also be rolled out at other large events that attract a younger crowd – such as music festivals and gigs.

Ministers will also be collaborating with influencers on social media sites popular with younger crowds in a bid to encourage them to make use of the vaccination programme, such as Instagram and TikTok.

There will be a focus on using the platforms of social media figures who have a clinical background – such as Dr Alex George of Love Island fame.

About a third of people aged 18 to 29 have still not had their Covid-19 vaccine and there has been concern that enthusiasm is waning in younger groups who are less concerned with the health risks of Covid-19.

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The Government had previously indicated it could offer cash rewards to young people who have been double-jabbed, as part of a host of incentives suggested.

The vaccination programme will be rolled out to the under-18s in the coming weeks after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that everyone aged 16 and over should be offered a jab..

Ministers have accepted the recommendation and the NHS is making preparations to start giving first doses to around 1.4 million teenagers imminently. 

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