Instead, they said chief medical officers in the four UK countries should look at the broader risks and benefits and make a decision, which is expected to be made this week.
Sajid Javid said in an interview with BBC One’s Andrew Marr on Sunday that jabs for 12 to 15 year olds were ready to be given within a week of the decision being made.
“I think it was a good idea to ask the education system, the schools immunization service, to plan this,” Mr Javid said, explaining why he was preparing for an approval.
“They’ve planned it through the summer just in case we get that advice so we can hit the Go button without further ado. “
In a separate interview with Times Radio, Mr Javid said children between the ages of 12 and 15 may only need a single dose of the Covid vaccine if approval comes, rather than two doses for the adults.
The debate on the stimulus package remains
On the fall recall program, there remains a debate within the JCVI as to whether it should be offered widely to adults or only to people most at risk of Covid.
Mr Javid said he expects the program to start this month, telling Sky News: “There is evidence of decreased immunity, especially in the elderly, people more vulnerable. And we are already taking action on this.
“So, for example, just over a week ago, I announced that immunocompromised people were to receive a third vaccine as part of their primary treatment. It has already started.
“And in terms of a general recall program, we asked JCVI to look at this. They gave me interim advice about a month ago where they backed this up, but said they wanted to do some extra work. We gave them the time to do this work.
“But I think we can start our recall program, subject to their final advice, on schedule this month. “
He added that under the existing plan, people between the ages of 16 and 17 should already receive only one dose.