Health officials ALREADY partner with schools to give jabs to under-16s amid claims chief medics could approve mass rollout to begin ‘within weeks’
- Sajid Javid said officials are already working on plans to roll out jabs to under 16s
- General medical officials expected to approve the extension in days
- Vaccines can be administered within weeks
Health officials are already working with schools to provide injections to young people under the age of 16, Sajid Javid revealed today.
The health minister revealed that preparations are already underway as he said he expects the UK’s chief medical officers to decide on a mass rollout for 12-15 year olds soon.
It is widely predicted that Chris Whitty and his colleagues will give the go-ahead for immunization of high school students in the coming days.
Although the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) ruled that the benefits of vaccines were only “marginally greater” than the known risks for healthy members of the age group, they suggested that broader social benefits, such as keeping children in education, should be considered.
Mr Javid said he will not “push” the chief doctors for their conclusion, but added that he has asked schools to start making plans. September 20 has been identified as a possible start date.
Sajid Javid revealed preparations are already underway as he said he expects the UK’s chief medical officers to decide on a mass rollout for 12-15 year olds soon.
About one in 14,500 12- to 17-year-olds who receive two doses of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s mRNA-based vaccines are believed to develop the rare heart condition myocarditis, according to data from the Centers for Disease Protection and Control (CDC) published last month. . However, the percentage of children rescued from hospitalization after both doses is higher in all age groups
It is widely expected that UK head doctor Chris Whitty and his British colleagues will give the green light to vaccinate all high school students in the coming days
The cabinet minister told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips show: ‘We looked at that. I am not in a position to make a final decision on this.
‘I got advice about a week ago from the JCVI, our committee of experts, their advice was that I should ask the chief doctors of the UK, the four chief officers in the UK, not just to look at the state of health. aspects of vaccination, but if there were broader reasons why it could be in the welfare of children, and that’s what I’ve done and they need to be given time to look at this, and I’ll see what they have to say.”
Mr Javid added: “I don’t think they will need that much longer but in the meantime I have asked the department to work with schools, the school vaccination teams, to prepare, in case we find a situation their advice is to recommend it, and if the government accepts that, then I just want to be able to go ahead with it.”
Chris Whitty is ready to pave the way for 12- to 15-year-olds to routinely receive Covid vaccines – but they may only be getting one dose, it was claimed today.
Both Pfizer and Moderna shots have been linked to a very rare heart complication called myocarditis in young adults and children.
Following the JCVI ruling, ministers asked Professor Whitty and chief medical officers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to carry out a broader evaluation. to weigh the societal benefits of vaccinating children.
SAGE members have suggested giving the youngest children only one dose of the jab because it offers “high levels of protection” and reduces the risk of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart closely linked to the second vaccine.
Concerns about vaccinating children centered around the complication, which appears mild but can reach one in 15,000 teenage boys after their second dose.
Researchers in Israel saw 2.7 extra cases of myocarditis per 100,000 people injected with the Pfizer vaccine, but this shot up to 11 extra cases for every 100,000 individuals who got Covid. Their study was published in August
Figures from Public Health England show that the number of cases in children aged 10 to 19 rose by 42 percent in a week from 478.3 per 100,000 to 681.4 in the week ending September 5. This was nearly six times higher than the 114 cases per 100,000 in the over-80s — 1.2 percent less than the week before — and 145.8 in 70- to 79-year-olds — which remained the same
A University of California study last week revealed that boys are six times more likely to get the side effect after two doses of the vaccine than to be hospitalized if they contract the virus.
But they found that their risk of experiencing the rare side effect after one dose was so low that hospitalization with the disease was more than twice as likely.
British teenagers aged 16 and 17 have been able to receive one dose of the Covid vaccine since last month, when the JCVI approved the expansion of the rollout. Scientists have yet to decide whether they should also receive a second dose of the shot due to the risk of myocarditis.
Parents will also be asked for consent to vaccinate their children once the shots are given the go-ahead, with forms posted within days of the announcement.