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Schoolchildren aged 12 could be offered Covid jab in September as part of NHS vaccine plan

CHILDREN as young as 12 are set to be offered the coronavirus jab as part of NHS plans to vaccinate children before school starts in September.

The rollout is reportedly being planned for when the school term begins in the Autumn, according to the Sunday Times.

The plan is currently awaiting confirmation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) but documents detailing the different scenarios are being drawn up.

The documents are being compiled by NHS officials and state that children aged 12 and over will be offered the first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine when the first school term begins in the Autumn.

A source told the Sunday Times: “No decision has been made yet but we are drawing up planning materials for the different scenarios.”

Officials have made it clear that the rollout will be based on infection rates over the next few months.

Professor Adam Finn, who sits on the JCVI, said: “We need to be in a position to immunise children, particularly teenagers, promptly and efficiently if we need to.

But he also stressed that if virus rates remain low, children may not need the jab at all.

According to sources, the Pfizer vaccine will be given to children as they are the only ones to have produced trial data for under-16s.

Following a study of 2,260 children aged 12 to 15 in March, evidence shows that the jab was 100 per cent with no safety concerns.

Children are considered to be the least vulnerable at getting sick with Covid, with only a few deaths in the UK, but they can be asymptomatic and could be carrying the virus around in secondary schools.


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