- A single dose of Pfizer’s vaccine is being used for children aged
- It is hoped that the rollout will prevent further disruptions in their education
- Over 3 million under-16s are eligible and ministers expect 60% to get jobs
Today, for the first time, the Kovid vaccine is being administered to healthy children aged 12 to 15 years in schools across the UK.
A dose of Pfizer’s jab is being used in the hope that the roll-out will prevent further disruptions to their education.
Parental consent is being sought, but children can rule out parents who do not want them to be deemed ‘competent’, a move that has sparked controversy.
More than 3 million under-16s are eligible for the vaccine and ministers expect at least 60 percent to accept the offer.
Jabs is being administered in some schools in England today and is due to begin rollout in Scotland and Wales later this week. In Northern Ireland, the head of the region’s vaccination program said jabs are likely to be offered in schools from October.
The scientific community is divided over vaccinating healthy children against Covid because the virus poses such a low risk to them.
No10’s own advisory panel said earlier this month that his vaccination would only provide a ‘modest’ benefit to his health, and not enough to advise a large-scale rollout.
But Professor Chris Whitty and chief medical officers in developed countries came out in favor of expanding the vaccination campaign after weighing the wider benefits for children.
If there is good uptake of vaccines, hundreds of thousands of school absences can be prevented and school closures can be avoided, he said.
Today, for the first time in schools across the UK, healthy children aged 12 to 15 are being vaccinated against Covid (File)
Earlier this month the JCVI said it cannot recommend COVID jobs for healthy children aged 12 to 15 because the direct benefit to their health was modest. It also looked at the risk of health inflammation – known as myocarditis – in young people given the Pfizer vaccine, which was still very small but slightly more common after the second dose.
In England the roll-out will be done primarily through the in-school vaccination service in schools Teams that already run routine vaccination programs for flu-like illnesses.
The schools will be used as a site for administering vaccines and distributing consent and information forms to students and parents.
Teachers have been told not to hesitate to call the police to deal with anti-Covid vaccine campaigners amid fears of protests at school gates over the rollout.
Consultant agrees that jabs are not recommended for use on children in normal times
Over the weekend, a government advisory admitted that in normal times, the Kovid vaccine for children is not recommended until it has been thoroughly tested.
Professor Adam Finn, member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said scientists do not have the ‘luxury’ of time to research the potential risks of jabbing in children and generally before recommending their use on adolescents. More evidence would have been collected. .
It comes after the rollout of Jabs at school for children aged 12 to 15, which was pushed forward last week, with vaccinations starting on Wednesday.
But Finn said it was reasonable for parents to wait an additional three to six months for their children until the risks are clarified with further research. Times informed of.
The Finn added the decision whether it is not black and white to vaccinate 12 to 15-year-olds, saying it is not ‘necessary’ for them to have a coronavirus jab, it is also ‘perfectly sensible’ for them to do so. .
Pfizer’s jab was approved for children ages 12 to 15 last Monday, and pressure groups had already threatened action within hours of the announcement.
National guidance states that principals should ‘alert the local authority and the police’ if they get wind that protests are taking place on the school grounds.
Past anti-lockdown and vaccine protests have seen streets in London’s city center closed and projectiles launched into the Houses of Parliament.
Children in Scotland can go to drop-in clinics or wait for a letter offering them a scheduled appointment.
The jabs for children in Wales will be carried out in mass immunization centers and in some school settings.
An expert advising on jabs urged parents to be tolerant of each other when it comes to deciding whether to vaccinate their children against the coronavirus.
Professor Adam Finn, a pediatrician and member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said the decision to jab 12 to 15-year-olds is not black and white.
He said that while it is not “necessary” for him to have a coronavirus vaccine, it is also “completely sensible” for him to do so.
The JCVI decided not to recommend mass vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds on health grounds alone, but the expert panel suggested that broader issues such as education disruptions should be taken into account and the UK’s four chief medical officers should be checked by .
Those health chiefs later said that a single dose of Pfizer for people in this age group would significantly reduce the chances of a young person getting COVID and spreading the virus.
Speaking at BBC Breakfast over the weekend, Professor Finn said the process of deciding whether to vaccinate children of this age has been ‘complicated and complicated’, as there is ‘not a completely clear, straightforward answer’.
But he added that people should not ‘suffocate’ too much about it because the risks on either side are ‘not that high’, explaining that children of this age are not at much risk from Covid, and neither do vaccines. The risk is much higher.
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