THE vaccination programme in Barnsley has now opened for 16 and 17-year-olds.

Last Thursday was the first day those youngsters were able to get their vaccine as they are now eligible to use the town’s local walk-in clinics.

Online booking is not yet available but appointments are not necessary at the drop-in clinics.

The first dedicated clinic for 16 to 19-year-olds will be running from Priory Campus in Lundwood on August 21 and 22.

They will only be initially offered one dose of the vaccine and this will be Pfizer.

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Andrea Parkin, head nurse for the Barnsley NHS GP Covid vaccination programme, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the vaccination programme in Barnsley so far.

“I’m sure it’s going to be the same for those 16 and 17 year-olds who are now able to get the benefits of the vaccine.”