Covid-19 vaccines not recommended for healthy children aged 12 to 15

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Covid-19 vaccines for healthy children aged between 12 and 15 are not being recommended (Damien Storan/PA) (PA Wire)
Covid-19 vaccines for healthy children aged between 12 and 15 are not being recommended (Damien Storan/PA) (PA Wire)

Covid-19 vaccines for healthy children aged between 12 and 15 are not being recommended by the Government’s vaccine advisers.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced that it is widening the so-far limited rollout to more children in this age bracket who have underlying health conditions.

But it is not recommending mass vaccination of children aged between 12 and 15.

The programme is being extended from what had been considered the most at-risk children, to include children with chronic major heart, lung, kidney, liver and neurological conditions.

It means about 200,000 more children will be invited for vaccines.

The decision comes exactly a week after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed preparations were under way to ensure the NHS was ready to offer coronavirus jabs to all 12 to 15-year-olds in England from early September.

The department said they wanted to be “ready to hit the ground running”.

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