Some under 18s to receive COVID vaccinations in the UK

pharmafile | July 19, 2021 | News story | Sales and Marketing  

Some children are to be offered COVID-19 vaccines ahead of winter in the UK.

The Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Breakfast those with medical conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID would be eligible.

Mr Zahawi said the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will recommend that children close to their 18th birthday should have the vaccine too, along with those who live with clinically vulnerable people.

The current advice on vaccinating children is that 16 to 18-year-olds can be offered a Pfizer jab if they are in a priority group, or live with someone who has a weakened immune system.

A decision on inviting children aged 12-17 is currently under review.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “We are still awaiting the final advice from the JCVI about extending the vaccination programme to younger people.

“It seems like a sensible thing to do. The evidence we have received so far is compelling and ministers are going to make a decision armed with the advice in the coming days.”

This comes with the news that every adult in the UK has now been offered a COVID-19 vaccine, which Boris Johnson has hailed as an “extraordinary achievement”.

So far, around 88% of UK adults have had a first dose and around 68% have had both.

Almost all legal COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in the UK today.

54,674 COVID cases were recorded on Saturday – following 51,870 new cases on Friday – as well as 41 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, warned of a “bumpy winter” ahead. He urged people to approach the easing of restrictions in “a cautious, steady, gradual way”.

Lilly Subbotin

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