The government of the UK has decided not to provide vaccination to teenagers and children against Covid-19, as per reports. Ministers are preparing to give doses to only those who are about to turn 18 and all the vulnerable 12 to 15-year-old ones. However, they will not roll out the vaccination program for those who are not in these categories. The JCVI or Joint Community on Vaccination & Immunization is believed to have ministers who are against the vaccination program for youngsters until more evidence on the risks is collected.
Health experts called the step baffling, and the Union is pushing to provide vaccines to all young people as there will be less disruption to schooling. The vaccination will minimize the risk and provide protection to the youngsters. Under the guidance released on July 19, the vaccines will be given to children under 12 to 15 age group who are vulnerable. Adults living with immunosuppressed conditions or vulnerability to the coronavirus can receive the vaccines. All the people of 17 years of age who will turn 18 within three months will be able to get the vaccination dose.
The US, France, and Israel have already started vaccination of children over 12 years of age, and this decision of the UK may seem at odds compared to other countries across the globe. The global public health head at Edinburgh University, Prof. Devi Sridhar, said that the decision is baffling, and they need transparency about the evidence. She said that the UK again is an outliner in the world as 12 to 15-year-olds in the US are getting the vaccination shot, and other countries are preparing for a new school year.
NHS to roll out vaccines for 12-15 age group children
It is believed that NHS in England is preparing for the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible. NHS will roll out vaccines for children under the 12 to 15 years old age group and only for those who fit the criteria. These children will be given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The vaccine was approved for usage in young people aging from 12 to 15 years by the regulatory agency of Medicines and Healthcare products after a rigorous review.
The NHS spokesman said the Covid-19 vaccination program of NHS is the biggest one in the NHS history and has followed all JCVI guidance while vaccinating the population in England. Once the JCVI updates its new guidance, it will soon continue to offer vaccination to the eligible as faster as possible, similar to how it has been done earlier.