Vaccine: Head Teacher Nicola Mason shares her concerns
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The chief medical officer, chief scientific officer and UK Government have decided to extend the vaccine rollout to all UK children aged 12 to 15. Around three million children will be offered the Covid jab amidst fears about a rise in infections this winter. Which vaccine will children be given?
Children aged 12 to 15 in the UK will be offered a vaccine against COVID-19 from as early as next week, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
At a Downing Street press conference yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Chris Witty made the recommendation that all 12 to 15 year olds should be vaccinated.
Some 12 to 15 year olds with conditions placing them in the high-risk category have already had their jabs.
Professor Witty’s recommendation followed research carried out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) which found vaccination would only offer a marginal benefit to the 12 to 15 age group.
However, the JCVI only make assessments from a clinical perspective.
The chief medical officers alongside Mr Javid consider the wider impact of Covid infections, such as school closures.
This measure is hoped to prevent further disruption from pupils taking time off because of catching covid, or needing to self-isolate.
In his press conference, Prof Whitty also warned: “as we go into autumn and winter, where there will continue to be challenges and pressure on the NHS.”
Which vaccine will UK children be given?
All UK children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
They will only be offered a single dose of the vaccine.
The JCVI is researching the possibility of giving children both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, but it’s thought this won’t take place until the spring.
The single jab is around 55 percent effective against catching Covid.
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A rare side effect of the Pfizer vaccine is a condition named myocarditis, which is a swelling of the heart.
One study suggested the risk could be slightly higher in male teenagers, but more research is being carried out.
In the UK, the MHRA has documented six cases of myocarditis in every million double-jabbed patients.
When will younger children be vaccinated?
According to Professor Whitty, there are “no plans at the moment” to vaccinate children younger than 12.
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