England to offer COVID vaccine to all 12 to 15 year olds

  • Chief Medical Officers Recommend Vaccination children
  • Health impact of educational disruption highlighted
  • Government give the roll-out of the greenlight in England

LONDON, Sept. 13 (Reuters) – All 12 to 15year-oldies in England to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine after top medical advisers say on Monday that children would benefit from reduced disruption of their education.

The British government confirmed the offer would be extended to everyone children 12-15 years old following a unanimous recommendation from the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of the four countries of The United Kingdom.

“I have accepted the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officers to extend vaccination to people aged 12 to 15 – protective young people by catching COVID-19, transmission reduction in schools and keeping students in the class,” health minister Sajid Javid said: in a statement.

Rollout to the cohort in England will begin next week. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own health policy, although each devolved administration received the same advice from their respective CMO.

The CMOs have recommended that: children 12-15 years old in Great Britain gets a first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) decided earlier this month against making the recommendation.

The children will be offered the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech. Vulnerable children in the age category were already in eligible for the shots.

The United States, Israel and some European countries have rolled out vaccinations for children more general, pressure on the British government until follow business suit.

There have been more over 134,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Britainand a quick one start until its vaccination rollout is delayed, with 81% of die over 16 die received two vaccine doses.

The JCVI had previously said: decision vaccinate children was “finely balanced” as the government then asked for further advice on the issue.

the CMOs in in a letter said that vaccinate children could reduce Transmission of COVID-19 and therefore nuisance for schools, and die advantages”on balance provide sufficient extra benefit… recommended in favor of vaccinate this group.”

“(Vaccination) will reduce disruption of education,” Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, told a… news briefing.

“We don’t think this is a panacea, there is no panacea…but we think it’s an important and potentially useful complementary tool to help reduce the public health effects die result from disruption of education.”

The CMOs said: second doses would not be offered to age group until in at least spring if they would wait for more data from around the world.

Reporting by Alistair Smout and Michael Holden; adaptation by Jonathan Oatis and Grant McCool

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