THE four chief medical officers for the UK have recommended that all children aged 12 to 15 years old should be offered one dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine reports BBC.
The decision comes after scientific advisers serving on the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the vaccine only offered a “marginal” health benefit for that age group and could not be recommended on health grounds alone.
The CMOs said the decision was based primarily on the impact on education for that age group.
They considered the physical and mental health and long-term prospects for children in that age group.
They said that vaccination will provide a “material and useful” additional advantage which means fewer children should have their education disrupted this year.
The CMOs say that one dose of the Pfizer vaccine should initially be offered to all children in that age group with no second dose considered before the Spring term.
The CMOs said they only considered the impact on children in that age group and did not consider any possible wider benefit to society that could be provided by extending the vaccine rollout.
A final decision on rollout will be taken by ministers in the four nations of the UK.