Children 12 years and older can get Covid vaccine

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Children aged 12 and over could receive Covid vaccine doses in August as ministers continue to push rollout

  • The government’s advisory group on vaccines will reveal the rollout in the coming weeks
  • Last week, the regulator approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in 12-15 year olds
  • att Hancock said there were “sufficiently good reasons” to vaccinate children

Ministers are planning to vaccinate children aged 12 and older as early as August, the Daily Mail has understood.

The government’s main advisory group on vaccines will advise on how to proceed with the rollout in the coming weeks. But there are plans to give shots to high school students before the end of the summer holidays if it is recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI).

Last week, the UK medicines and health products regulator approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in 12-15 year olds.

There are plans to give high school shots before the end of the summer break if recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI)

Yesterday, Matt Hancock said there were “sufficiently good reasons” to vaccinate children, despite it being “very rare” for young people to be affected “very negatively” by the virus.

The health secretary told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday’s programme: “The spread among children has an impact on others and, crucially, we know how much it also disrupts education. There is this problem of long Covid in some children who test positive.

‘So there are plenty of good reasons to do this, but we will also want to be very careful and listen to the scientific advice about which approach we should take exactly.’

Mr Hancock also confirmed that adults under 30 will be invited to book their vaccine appointment starting this week. The government has set a target for every adult in the UK to receive a first dose by the end of July and expects all adults over 50 to have received two doses by June 21.

Yesterday Matt Hancock said that there

Yesterday Matt Hancock said there were “sufficiently good reasons” for vaccinating children, despite it being “very rare” for young people to be affected “very negatively” by the virus

The Royal College of General Practitioners said GPs in some areas have already vaccinated those who qualify and thus have already moved to the under 30 cohort

The Royal College of General Practitioners said GPs in some areas have already vaccinated those who qualify and thus have already moved to the under 30 cohort

Mr Hancock said the vaccines have “cut but not broken” the link between an increase in the number of cases and an increase in the number of people being hospitalized. He said, “Most of the people who go to the hospital now are not vaccinated.”

The Royal College of General Practitioners said GPs in some areas have already vaccinated those eligible and thus have already moved to the under 30 cohort.

The news comes as people contacted to bring forward their second vaccine appointment are being urged to rebook as soon as possible, in an effort to stem the spread of the Indian strain.

In May, the JCVI recommended shortening the second dose interval from 12 weeks to eight for people over 50 and for the clinically frail.

More than 40 million people in the UK have had a first shot to date.

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