All youngsters aged 12-15 shall be supplied one dose of a Covid vaccine.
It’s hoped the measure will assist forestall additional disruption to their training.
Why will youngsters aged 12 to 15 get a jab?
Prof Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, mentioned it was a “troublesome determination”, however absence from faculty “has been terribly troublesome for youngsters”, significantly in disadvantaged areas.
Prolonged disruption may trigger psychological well being issues and have long run results on life probabilities, he added.
Vaccinating youngsters will not cease the unfold of Covid in colleges, however ought to assist hold circumstances down.
Proof suggests a single dose cuts the chance of catching the Delta variant (if you happen to come into contact with it) by about 55%. It additionally reduces the possibilities of you getting very sick or spreading it to another person.
A second dose shouldn’t be thought-about earlier than the spring time period, the chief medical officers mentioned.
Is the vaccine obligatory?
Having the vaccine isn’t obligatory.
Prof Whitty mentioned an “supply” of vaccination shall be made to all youngsters aged 12-15.
However he mentioned younger folks and their mother and father wanted to be supported and there must be no stigma connected to their selection.
Will mother and father have to offer permission?
Though parental consent is being sought, youngsters beneath 16 who can show they perceive the dangers and advantages can ask for the vaccine – or refuse it – in the event that they disagree with their mother and father.
This necessary authorized check of whether or not a toddler can consent to therapy is named “Gillick competent”. It’s named after a well-known dispute by which a young person needed contraceptive recommendation with out her mom’s consent.
In apply it might be distinctive for a kid beneath 13 to be judged Gillick competent.
These aged 16 and 17 do not want parental permission, until there are distinctive circumstances.
What vaccine is used and can youthful youngsters be jabbed?
There isn’t a vaccine at the moment accredited for under-12s within the UK.
Which youngsters are already being vaccinated?
These aged 12 to 15 are already eligible for 2 doses if they’re at increased threat attributable to:
- Extreme neurodisability (which may embody cerebral palsy, autism or epilepsy)
- Down’s syndrome
- A severely weakened immune system, together with some youngsters with most cancers
- Profound and a number of studying difficulties
- Persistent coronary heart, lung and liver circumstances
Youngsters of the identical age who reside with individuals who have a suppressed immune system may also be vaccinated.
Is the Covid vaccine protected for youngsters?
No medication is totally protected and all are a steadiness of threat and profit.
However the Pfizer jab would not have been accredited for UK use if it wasn’t thought-about protected.
The vaccine has been linked to extremely uncommon circumstances of irritation of the guts muscle (myocarditis) and of the sac the guts beats inside (pericarditis). This was discovered to be extra widespread in youthful males and after a second dose.
Each Pfizer and Moderna are conducting trials of their vaccines on youngsters as younger as six months outdated.
What are different nations doing?
- Within the EU – nations together with France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy have begun jabbing youngsters
- The US recommends all over-12s be vaccinated
- China goals to have all 12- to 17-year-olds vaccinated by October
What number of youngsters have died from Covid?
Nearly all youngsters and younger persons are at very low threat from Covid-19.
Knowledge for England suggests about 25 youngsters died from Covid within the first 12 months of the pandemic.
Nearly all of them additionally had extreme well being issues, together with complicated neurodisabilities.
Solely six had no recorded well being circumstances.
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