KIDS & THE VACCINE: Should we start vaccinating children over 12 years old?
Vaccinating children - Two thirds of European countries plan to roll our their vaccination programmes to children aged 12 and over.
The UK health regulator has now approved the Moderna coronavirus vaccines for use in those aged 12 to 17, but it is now up to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to advise the government on whether children in this age group should be given the jab.
With schools set to return, evidence suggests the number of coronavirus will rise, would you support vaccinating those 12 and above?
Dr June Raine, MHRA chief executive, said: “I am pleased to confirm that that the Covid-19 vaccine made by Moderna has now been authorised in 12 to 17-year-olds. The vaccine is safe and effective in this age group.
“We have in place a comprehensive safety surveillance strategy for monitoring the safety of all UK-approved Covid-19 vaccines and this surveillance will include the 12 to 17-year age group.
“It is for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to advise on whether this age group should be vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine made by Moderna as part of the deployment programme.”
The Department of Health has asked the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for a formal recommendation on whether to give the Moderna jab to 12 to 17-year-olds.
A spokesperson for the department said: “We welcome the news that Moderna’s vaccine has been approved as safe and effective for people aged 12 and over.
“As has been the case with all other approvals, we will now be guided by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and have asked for its formal recommendation on whether to administer this vaccine to people aged 12 to 17.
“All young people aged 16 to 17, clinically vulnerable children aged 12 to 15 and people who live with adults who are immunosuppressed will be offered a first dose of a Pfizer jab by Monday 23 August.”
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