Spread the news

Children sit in a classroom on their first day of school at Heath Mount in Watton at Stone, Britain September 3, 2020. ― Reuters file pic
Children sit in a classroom on their first day of school at Heath Mount in Watton at Stone, Britain September 3, 2020. ― Reuters file pic

Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates.


LONDON, Aug 28 ― Britain’s government said today it had told England’s health service to get ready for a mass Covid-19 vaccination programme for children aged between 12 and 15 starting in September, if vaccination experts give the green light.

A first vaccine dose has already been offered to all 16- and 17-year-olds in England as well as to 12- to 15-year-olds with specific underlying health conditions and those who live with someone who is immuno-suppressed.

Britain has so far not followed the example of many other countries which have pressed ahead with widespread vaccinations for children younger than 16.

Today, the White House said half of US children aged 12 to 17 had received at least their first vaccination dose against Covid-19.

Most children develop only mild or no symptoms from Covid-19, but they are able to spread the virus.

Britain’s health ministry said “we need to be ready to hit the ground running and start those vaccinations as soon as possible” if the government’s vaccination advisers backed extending the programme to all 12- to 15-year-olds.

The advisers are currently weighing up the possible harms and benefits of such an extension.

However, British health regulators have already said that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for those aged between 12 and 17.

England’s health service will begin contracting providers to recruit and train staff to provide school-aged immunisations to ensure teams would be ready to start offering vaccinations in schools from early September, the health ministry said.

Parental or carer consent would be sought before giving children vaccinations, it said.

The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own powers over health policy. As in England, they are not currently offering Covid-19 vaccinations to all 12- to 15-year-olds. ― Reuters

Click to rate this post!
[Total: 0 Average: 0]

Spread the news
CONTACT US : support@melodyinter.com
Previous articleUS parole board votes to release Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin
Next articleCovid-19: Delta doubles hospital risk vs Alpha variant, say researchers

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here