LONDON: All children between the ages of 12 and 15 will be vaccinated under Code 19, the UK announced on Monday, following the advice of four top medical officials.
The United Kingdom has been one of the 19 worst-affected countries, with more than 134,000 deaths recorded.
Despite a successful vaccination program, the rate of cases is staggering due to the emergence of Delta variants, and authorities are anxious about their further increase now that schools have returned after the summer break.
Health Minister Sajid Javed said, “I have recommended by the Chief Medical Officers to increase vaccination for people between the ages of 12 and 15, to prevent youth from COVID-19, to reduce transmission in schools and to keep students in the classroom.” Accepted. “
According to the Ministry of Health, the program will be launched in schools with the consent of parents or guardians. It targets about 300,000 children.
Vaccination of children has become a difficult issue, yet other countries are moving forward with jobs for young people.
The Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI), which advises the UK Department of Health on immunizations, currently states that “the margin of benefit, based primarily on health, is global for vaccination.” Considered too small to support advice about the program. Currently 12 to 15 year olds. “
But the chief medical officers (CMOs) of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said early Monday that the vaccine should be made available in light of broader issues such as education and mental health.
– ‘Difficult decision’ –
The CMOs said that vaccinating children between the ages of 12 and 15 would “help reduce the spread of Covid 19 in schools”, with about three to three million children potentially eligible for the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Are
“Covid 19 is a disease that can be transmitted very effectively through large-scale outbreaks, especially delta variants,” he said.
“Getting a significant proportion of students vaccinated can reduce the chances of events that could lead to a local epidemic in schools.”
Four out of five adults across the UK have received two doses of the Covid 19 vaccine, with more than half of children aged 16-17 coming forward for their first time.
England CMO Chris Vetti later told a news conference that it was “clearly a difficult decision” but that “the disruption to education that has occurred in recent times has been extremely difficult for children”.
“In most cases, children and parents come to the same decision,” Whitty said, acknowledging that there was “some debate” about what to do in the event of a conflict between children and their parents.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to present his government’s plans to deal with the corona virus during the winter months, amid fears of an increase in infections and the return of seasonal illnesses that will put further strain on the health service.