Children aged 16 and 17 across the UK could have access to Covid vaccinations in the coming days, according to Nicola Sturgeon, after it emerged that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) was re-examining his advice for young people.
Just two weeks after the body recommended not routinely vaccinating children, the Scottish First Minister revealed that she “hoped” that those over 16 would finally get the green light to receive her.
Two government sources have confirmed that JCVI is once again considering expanding its recommendation for children over 12. Jabs for this age group are currently limited to those who are clinically vulnerable or live with someone at risk.
Anthony Harnden, committee member, said: “JCVI is finalizing updated advice on offering immunization to children and young people.
Ministers were reportedly in favor of older children having access to Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, but JCVI said they should not be routinely available to children who do not have a specific risk factor.
One of the concerns scientists raised related to the Pfizer jab was inflammation around the heart, with the JCVI concluding that the benefits did not outweigh the risks for those who would receive the jabs.
The government is hoping the country will have passed the worst of the third wave, with new daily Covid cases across the UK falling to 21,691 on Tuesday and hospitalizations dropping to 731. There were 138 deaths. However, concerns remain that the rate of new cases will rise again once schools return in September, as many employers expect more workers to return to the office.