Ministers optimistic COVID jab will probably be supplied to youngsters over 12 – regardless of advisers not recommending it
Ministers are optimistic that COVID-19 vaccines will probably be supplied to all 12 to 15-year-olds regardless of advisers failing to suggest it, Sky Information understands.
The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) mentioned on Friday that, whereas it could widen the programme to incorporate extra youngsters in that age group with well being situations, it was not recommending the widespread vaccination of their wholesome classmates.
Nevertheless, sources say the federal government is eager to supply vaccinations to all youngsters in that age group – and suppose dad and mom would discover it reassuring.
The UK’s 4 chief medical officers, together with England’s Chris Whitty, have been requested to make a remaining advice – which ought to come inside every week.
Earlier on Friday, the JCVI had mentioned that the coronavirus presents solely a small threat to wholesome youngsters and, due to this fact, the good thing about being vaccinated was not nice sufficient to help mass vaccination for this age group.
The unbiased medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company, has permitted the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for these aged 12 and over.
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