Most children will not be offered the injections, but Pfizer injections will be offered to youth ages 12-15 with severe neurodisabilities, profound or multiple learning disabilities, Down syndrome, or immunosuppressed, as well as those with 12 to 17 years. living with immunosuppressed people.
Seventeen-year-olds who are within three months of their 18th birthday will also be offered a vaccine.
The decision follows the advice of the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), which said it currently does not advise children outside of these groups to receive a vaccine because the benefits do not outweigh the potential risks.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi broke the news to MPs on Monday afternoon, and Health Secretary Sajid Javid, currently in isolation after testing positive over the weekend, said in a statement that he has “asked the NHS to prepare to vaccinate those eligible as soon as possible. ”
He added: “Our independent drug regulator, the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency, has approved the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for people 12 years of age and older as it meets their strong standards for safety, efficacy and quality.”
In the Commons, Mr. Zahawi added: “I know people will have questions about what it means to them and their children, but I can assure you that no one needs to come forward at this stage. The NHS will reach out to them at the right time and they will make sure the hits are delivered in an environment that meets their complex needs. “
During his appearance at the dispatch box, Mr. Zahawi also confirmed that starting in the fall, anyone who wants to go to a nightclub or other large venues will have to get double vaccinated.
He encouraged companies to “use the NHS Covid pass in the coming weeks,” adding in the Commons: “We will be closely monitoring how it is used in venues and we reserve the right to impose a mandate if necessary.
“By the end of September, everyone over the age of 18 will have the opportunity to receive the full vaccination and the additional two weeks for that protection to really take hold.
“So at that time we plan to make full vaccination a condition of entering nightclubs and other places where large crowds gather.
“The proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient.”
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This notice was published: 2021-07-19 17:28:19