Recently, children aged 12-15 are not covered by the UK government’s COVID-19 vaccine – Photo: BBC
On September 13, the British government’s top medical advisers recommended that all children aged 12-15 receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to reduce disruption to learning, according to AFP news agency.
The aforementioned advice from chief medical officers in the UK is expected to pave the way for a scheme to vaccinate children aged 12-15 years in the UK, after the Joint Committee on Immunization ( JCVI) – the UK’s advisory committee on immunization – recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine not be widely administered to healthy children aged 12-15 years earlier this month.
However, in a letter to UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid, The chief medical officers (CMOs) of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said the COVID-19 vaccine should be given to this age group, taking into account larger issues such as education and mental health. .
Health chiefs say vaccinating children aged 12-15 “will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools”, with about 3 million children potentially eligible for the vaccine. First Pfizer.
“COVID-19 is a disease that can be transmitted very easily due to mass transmission events, especially with the emergence of the Delta variant,” the medical directors pointed out.
They explain: “The substantial proportion of students being immunized could reduce the likelihood of such events. These events have the potential to cause outbreaks within or related to schools.”
Vaccinating children aged 12-15 will significantly reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19 and “this means less disruption to learning,” the health chiefs said.
Their current plan for these children is just one dose. The JCVI requested data collection to clarify whether dose 2 is needed.