Children 12 – 15 to be offered coronavirus vaccine
Written by centralfmnews on September 13, 2021
The UK’s chief medical officers have recommended that healthy children aged 12 – 15 should be offered one dose of a covid vaccine.
The Chief medical officers say it would help stop the spread of the virus in schools and reduce the risk of disrupting learning.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:
“On 3 September, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that whilst there were individual health benefits to vaccinating 12 -15 year olds, these were too marginal to recommend universal vaccination of this group. However, the committee suggested governments might want to seek further input from CMOs on the wider public health impact vaccination could have.
“Myself and the three other health ministers therefore commissioned the UK CMOs to look into this and, after consideration with clinical and public health leaders from all four nations, they have agreed the additional likely benefits of reducing educational disruption, in addition to the benefits identified by the JCVI, provide sufficient extra advantage to justify the offer of vaccination to this group.
“Health ministers are now considering this advice and we will make a decision as soon as possible.
“In the meantime I want to thank Dr Gregor Smith and the other three UK CMOs for their time and careful consideration of this issue.”