Covid jabs for 12 to 15 year olds ‘set to start in weeks’

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A nurse preparing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine  (PA Wire)
A nurse preparing the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine (PA Wire)

Children aged 12 to 15 year olds will reportedly be able to get Covid jabs within weeks.

The jabs will be offered to children from September 22, according to reports.

NHS leaders have apparently been informed about the plans after schools were told to be ready to introduce the programme, according to The Observer.

Four chief medical officer (CMOs) - led by Chris Whitty - wrapped up their review on whether 12 to 15 year olds should get the jab,

On Sunday, Health Secretary Savid Javid said he would not push the chief medical officers for the advice but he has asked for schools to start preparing.

Mr Javid told Sky News’s Trevor Phillips show: “We have been looking at that. I’m not in a position to make a final decision on it.

“I have received advice a week or so ago from the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), our committee of experts, their advice was that I should ask the chief medical officers of the UK, the four chief officers in the UK to take a look at not just the health aspects of vaccination but whether there were any broader reasons that it might be in the welfare of children, and that’s what I’ve done and they need to be given the time to look at this, and I will wait to see what they have to say.”

Asked when the chief medical officers will give their advice, Mr Javid said: “I’m not going to push them - they need to take their time. It’s independent advice, as it should be. They need to take their time.

“I don’t think they will be taking that much longer, but in the meantime I have asked the department to work with schools, the school vaccination teams, to start preparing, just in case we have a situation where their advice is to recommend it, and then if the Government accepts that then I just want to be able to go ahead with it.”

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