All 16 and 17 years old “will be offered a Covid vaccine before the return from schools in September”
Teenagers aged 16 to 17 should be offered a Covid vaccine before returning to school in September, we learned.
Ministers are reportedly keen to roll out jabs for the younger age group for the first time and the plan could be approved in a few weeks.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds earlier this month, having already approved it for all over 16s.
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization, also said that immunizing children could be justified to prevent school closures that would disrupt their “education and social development”.
Currently, anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, and across the UK nearly 43 million first doses have been given and over 31 million double doses.
Now reports say young teens may be the next to join the queue and be offered the coronavirus vaccine.
A source from Whitehall said to the Sun : “Subject to the approval of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, we have the capacity and the will to move forward with this important age group.
“Teenagers in their late teens are some of the most socially active members of society, so if we can cut that transmission off, it can only be a good thing. “