The Committee overseeing vaccination against Covid-19 in the United Kingdom announced Friday (September 3) that its campaigns will not include healthy children between the ages of 12 and 15; Contrary to many Western countries and despite the fears of the repercussions of returning to school.
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.”
She added that the potential risks of vaccination are “also low”, but “they 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 old is “very small.” However, it recommended that the government seek additional advice.
And these medical guidelines may lead Britain to take a different path from the United States, Israel and some European countries, which introduced vaccines to young people on a large scale.
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”.
Bloomberg quoted Javid as saying Friday: “I wrote today to senior clinicians asking them to consider the issue of vaccinating 12-15-year-olds from a broader perspective, as proposed by the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization.”
“Then we will consider the advice of senior medical officials, recommended by the committee, before making a decision soon,” Javid added.