JCVI does not recommend a Covid vaccine for healthy children aged 12 to 15 because the virus poses such a low risk to them, but says 200,000 young people with underlying health conditions still need to be vaccinated
Healthy children under 16 do not need to be vaccinated against Covid, the government’s vaccine advisory panel ruled today.
The Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) said the virus poses such a low risk to 12- to 15-year-olds that the benefit to their health would be marginal.
However, it recommends the shot for 200,000 more children with chronic heart, kidney, lung and neurological conditions in that age group.
The panel of experts said that young people under 16 with serious conditions have a one in 10,000 chance of becoming seriously ill with Covid, compared to the one in 500,000 risk for healthy children.
It said the very rare side effects associated with the shots meant the decision was flipped in favor of not vaccinating healthy teens.
The decision comes just a week after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed preparations were underway to ensure the NHS was ready to offer coronavirus shots to all 12 to 15 people from early September. birthdays in England.
The department said they wanted to “be ready to go.”
This graph shows the number of first doses distributed by age group. The NHS publishes age groups as five-year periods, grouping all persons under 18 together. It shows that more than 620,000 have already been vaccinated among young people under 18