Bridgend Youth Mayor urges teens to get first vaccine dose

Bridgend Youth Council’s newly elected Youth Mayor has urged teenagers across the county borough to get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Teenagers aged 16 and 17 were offered their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month and can now walk in to any vaccination centre in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board area to receive the jab.

Bridgend Youth Mayor Xander Payne said: “I would absolutely encourage all young people to get the Covid vaccine.

“It is such an important step towards being able to do the things that we used to love doing before the pandemic.

“We need to make sure that we can go back to carrying on with normal life.”

The latest figures from the health board show that 99,000 people in Bridgend County Borough are now fully vaccinated.

Anyone aged 16 and over who has not had their first dose can walk into a Covid-19 Vaccination Centre to receive it. With no prior booking required, the walk-in appointments are available at community vaccination centres within the region. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the first dose walk-in appointment will need to bring along a form of ID such as a passport, driving licence or a utility bill for proof of address.

This includes Ravens Court in Bridgend town centre (CF31 4AP) where the walk-in appointments are available between 9.15am and 4.30pm. Details of other vaccination centres in the region are available on the health board’s website which is updated weekly.

The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “I would like to echo Bridgend Youth Council’s Mayor, Xander Payne’s call for anyone over the age of 16 who has not had their first dose to go to a community vaccination centre.

“Having the vaccine ensures you, your family and friends and wider community are protected from the virus which is still very much with us.”

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