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School Covid jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds - everything you need to know

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14.09.2021

Children aged 12 to 15 are to be offered their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine with sessions taking place in schools.

Health secretary Sajid Javid confirmed the move after the chief medical officers of the four UK nations advised younger teenagers should be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

He said the decision had taken into account the "extremely powerful" evidence on the impact of the pandemic on children's education, as well as the risks to their mental health from missing school.

Chief medical officers of the four UK nations have advised younger teenagers should be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

In their advice to the Government, the chief medical officers said they were recommending vaccines on "public health grounds" and it was "likely vaccination will help reduce transmission of Covid-19 in schools".

The decision comes despite the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) saying Covid presents a very low risk for healthy children and vaccination would only offer a marginal benefit.

Prof Wei Shen Lim, chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty, and Dr June Raine, chief executive of the medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency, during media briefing. - Credit: PA

England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said it had been a "difficult decision" but chief medical officers would not be recommending the jabs "unless we felt that benefit exceeded risk".

He added: "In a sense, what we're not trying to do is say to children 'you must, must, must, must, must' but what we're saying is that we think on balance the benefits both at an individual level and in terms of wider indirect benefits to education and through that to public health are in favour, otherwise we would........

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