TEENAGERS have been encouraged to get their coronavirus jab this week as the council's vaccine bus travels around the town.

The bus will head to Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College on Wednesday to provide vaccines for students and staff before attending Carmel College on Thursday.

It comes after over 75 Darlington College students were vaccinated last week.

Any student aged between 16 and 17 and three quarters who attends the clinic will be fully vaccinated, as they will only need one dose.

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The Northern Echo: Head of Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College Tim Fisher. Picture: Paul NorrisHead of Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College Tim Fisher. Picture: Paul Norris

Tim Fisher, principal at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to offer our students and staff the opportunity to get vaccinated against Covid right here at the college.

“We hope that as many eligible students as possible take this opportunity to get their vaccinations at the college’s pop-up clinic, which will help us to continue providing our high standard of face-to-face teaching safely.”

Councillor Kevin Nicholson, cabinet member for Health and Housing at Darlington Borough Council, added: “Now that the autumn term has started, it is expected that our town will see a rise in Covid cases, particularly amongst teens and their households.

“It is therefore really important that students come forward for their vaccinations, which will not only help protect themselves from the virus, but also their friends."

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