England expands vaccine rollout to 16 and 17 year olds

England has expanded its vaccine rollout to 16 and 17-year-olds, while 12 to 15-year-olds who are clinically vulnerable are also eligible.

At a vaccination centre in York, teenage turnout is high, with all 16 and 17-year-olds in England invited to book a jab.

Young people are suffering the effects of long COVID, including 25-year-old Megan, who contracted the virus in January and is still struggling with the illness.

Megan used to enjoy long walks, and now only manages to walk a few minutes – which she says is proof as to why young adults should get vaccinated.

Infection rates are currently highest among younger people, which is why there is a drive to get them jabbed.

There are still questions as to whether all 12 to 15-year-olds should be vaccinated, with scientists saying this is still under review.