Britain’s top medical advisers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (CMO) point out that vaccinating a significant proportion of school children could help prevent local outbreaks of Covid-19 in the winter months, among others. This would make it easier to keep schools open. Health Minister Sajid Javid agrees with this line of thought.
In July, the British Vaccination Committee (JCVI) recommended not vaccinating all children, as healthy children would benefit minimally from vaccination, especially as they rarely become seriously ill.
The young teens’ vaccination campaign starts next week. They get the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. Vulnerable children in that age group were already eligible. Children aged 12 and older are already vaccinated in the US, Israel and some European countries.