Posted in: 04/09/2021 – 12:15
The British Committee overseeing vaccination in the United Kingdom, Friday, in its advice to the government, said that it is not useful to vaccinate healthy children between the ages of 12 and 15, unlike other European countries, including France, which have decided to resort to this option in order to face the repercussions of returning children to school in The new school year.
In advice given by for the British governmentThe committee supervising the vaccination The United Kingdom announced Friday that its campaigns will not include healthy children between the ages of 12 and 15, unlike many Western countries, despite fears of the repercussions of returning to school.
The committee stated 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.” She added that the potential risks of vaccination are “also low” but “may be dangerous and are still being characterized.” And she considered that the health benefit of expanding the universal vaccination campaign to include healthy children between 12 and 15 years of age was “very small”. But it recommended that the government seek additional advice.
After the recommendation was published, Health Minister Sajid Javid said he would seek the advice of the medical authorities in the four constituent countries of the UK “before a decision is made urgently”.
Previously, children over 12 years of age who suffer from health problems that make them vulnerable to infection with Covid, have been allowed to receive the vaccine. From Friday, the campaign will expand 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 British commission’s opinion comes at a time when many Western countries, such as France or the United States, have been vaccinating teenagers for several weeks.
And on Friday, police officers in London were injured in clashes with anti-vaccine protesters as the government seeks to expand vaccination campaigns and boost its initial success of vaccinating 80% of people over the age of 16 with two doses.
Protesters tried to storm the building that houses the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency, which is tasked with granting approvals or bans on various anti-Covid vaccines. The police were trying to stop them.
“A number of protesters became violent towards the police. Four of our members were injured in clashes,” the police wrote on Twitter, denouncing the “unacceptable” actions. It later revealed that ten people had been arrested.
Anti-vaccine movement remained very limited in the UK, with 90% of adults receiving at least a first dose.