Sumary of Should we be vaccinating under 18s? Experts weigh in on the benefits:
- With over 54 percent of the UK fully vaccinated to date, the Government has announced its intention to extend the vaccine scheme further, vaccinating some children.
- The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is advising that children between the ages of 12-17, who are at increased risk from Covid are offered a vaccine.
- The JCVI adds those aged 12 to 17 who live with an immunosuppressed person in their household should be offered the vaccine to protect them.
- Vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed those over 12 with a higher risk of getting ill if they catch Covid will be offered the vaccine.
- This means around 370,000 kids will be eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the only vaccine currently approved for use in kids aged 12 – 17 in the UK.The decision to vaccinate children has proved controversial amongst some of the UK’s leading scientists, with many doubting its effectiveness.
- ”Some have backed the decision, such as Dr Stephen Griffin, Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Leeds.