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PDA supports the NHS to encourage young people to get their booster

Pharmacists have been on the front line during the pandemic working alongside trainee pharmacists and pharmacy students. The pharmacists' role in the healthcare sector has been key to the success of the vaccination campaign thus far by reassuring hesitant patients and administering first, second and booster vaccines.

Sat 22nd January 2022 The PDA

A new campaign encourages 18-34 year-olds to get their Covid-19 booster jab, as uptake among young people is lower than other age groups. The booster vaccine was shown to be 88% effective in preventing people from ending up in hospital due to the Omicron variant, two weeks after the dose is administered.

To all PDA students, trainees and qualified pharmacists who fall within this age category, the NHS guidance to all healthcare professionals in patient-facing roles is to “protect their patients, their colleagues, their families and themselves by getting fully vaccinated.”

Media medic and A&E frontline doctor, Dr Kishan Bodalia said: “As a doctor, I know that young people can often think they are invincible, but I am seeing more and more young people in hospital with Covid-19, with the vast majority of people in hospital being unvaccinated.”

Hannah Baker, PDA Student Organising Assistant has said: “Speaking to members of the PDA Student Reps Network has shown me that accurate information and clear messaging are key to increasing young people’s vaccine and booster uptake, rather than incentives. Messaging regarding the vaccine for young adults has not been as clear as other age groups, and the media have often targeted young people throughout the pandemic.

Young adults should read vaccine booster information from reliable sources, and do whatever they can to keep themselves, their friends and family safe, and return to a sense of normality.”

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