Covid Scotland: It's either certain Covid or get the vaccine, says Glasgow teenager who has received second-jab

A teenager who was given a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has said he chose the jab over the virus.

Myles Macauley, 13, was among the first in the 12 to 15-year-old age group to receive a second vaccine on the first day of eligibility.

The S2 pupil told the PA news agency it was never in doubt he would seek a second dose.

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"It was quite definite because as far as I see it, it's either certain Covid - possibly even death - or getting the vaccine and being safe," he said at the vaccination centre set up in Glasgow Central Mosque.

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"There's lots of scientists, lots of studies into it, so I was 100% going for the vaccine."

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Secondary school pupils are being encouraged by the Scottish Government to get a second dose before classes resume after the Christmas break this week.

For Myles, he wanted to to get it done "as soon as I could, just to know I have it".

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12 to 15 year-olds in Scotland are being encouraged to get their second vaccine before going back to school.

Other youngsters also turned out at the drop-in session to receive their first dose ahead of returning to school.

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Vanessa Venes, 14, said her first dose was about protecting herself and those around her.

"With school going back, (cases are) going to go up a lot more," she said.

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"I haven't had Covid yet, so I don't know what it feels like, so I think I can protect people around me and make sure my friends don't get it, so that'll be good because obviously I want to see them when I get back to school."

Vanessa said she was worried about the inoculation, fearing it would carry the flu-like side effects some have experienced, but managed to convince herself "there is nothing to be worried about".

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Brothers Owen and Dean Morrison, aged 15 and 13 respectively, also showed up for their first dose, with Dean looking to help stop the spread of the new Omicron variant - which emerged last month.

On the issue of side effects, Owen said: "I've heard of side effects, but I feel like the vaccine is worth it."

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"It's better to get the vaccine and be sick for a few days than have a life-threatening sickness," Dean added.

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