Vaccinating children against measles, polio, and various types of diseases is a standard procedure. But what about the COVID-19 vaccine?
In this regard, the committee supervising the vaccination against Covid in the United Kingdom announced on Friday that its campaigns will not include healthy children between the ages of 12 and 15 years, unlike many Western countries, despite fears of the repercussions of returning to school, according to AFP.
In its advice, the committee clarified that “the available evidence indicates that the individual health benefits of vaccination against Covid-19 are low in those aged 12 to 15 years who do not have underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe infection.”
“could be dangerous”
She also added that the potential risks of vaccination are “also low” but “may be dangerous and are still being characterized.” She considered the health benefit of extending the universal vaccination campaign to healthy children between 12 and 15 years old “too small”, but recommended that the government seek additional advice.
For his part, Health Minister Sajid Javid said after the recommendation was published that he would seek the advice of the medical authorities in the four countries that make up the United Kingdom “before a decision is made urgently”.
Expanding the campaign
It is noteworthy that children over 12 years of age who suffer from health problems that make them vulnerable to infection with Covid were allowed to receive the vaccine.
The campaign, which began on Friday, will be expanded to include other children at risk, such as those with sickle cell disease or type 1 diabetes. Previously, the age group between 16 and 17 years was allowed to receive vaccinations.
The opinion of the British Committee comes at a time when many Western countries, such as France or the United States, have been vaccinating adolescents for several weeks.