Even though ministers had hoped to launch a mass booster campaign on September 6 and a jabs campaign shortly thereafter.
His “priority” is to get boosters to the older population, Boris Johnson said yesterday.
Based on the UK context, the JCVI recommends who should receive vaccines and when, and the Government decides whether to accept them.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines after meeting the agency’s strict safety and efficacy standards for people aged 12 and older.
This rejection by the JCVI, according to some experts, may lead to a flurry of confusion and anti-vaccine sentiment.
Covid vaccine: waiting for JCVI approval
To avoid waiting for JCVI approval, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged ministers to “get on with the booster program.”
The BBC quoted him as saying, “I understand why scientists are taking their time, but I think in a pandemic, politicians can also read the rooms and see where things are going.”
“It’s possible that a few days can be crucial in the event of a pandemic
As a result, we should just get started with a booster program and not wait for that advice.
JCVI COVID-19 Immunization Chair Prof Wei Shen Lim said: “For otherwise healthy 12- to 15-year-old children, their risk of severe COVID-19 disease is small, and therefore the potential for benefit from COVID-19 vaccination is also small.”
“COVID-19 vaccination for healthy 12- to 15-year-olds has marginally more health benefits than risks, according to the JCVI. However, to be safe, this benefit margin is deemed insufficient to warrant universal COVID-19 vaccination for this age group.”
To quote the ASCL union’s Geoff Barton, “We are disappointed that the JCVI has decided against recommending Covid vaccinations to children aged 12-15 in general.”
Covid Risk-benefit analysis
This decision was made based on a risk-benefit analysis that considered all available evidence, and we respect that decision.
“However, the result is that it will be more difficult to prevent educational disruptions in the fall and beyond.”
Kevin Courtney, the National Education Union’s joint general secretary, said: “Chief medical officers’ refusal to vaccinate makes additional safety measures in schools all the more important.
Covid-19 vaccines have saved lives, prevented hospitalizations, and allowed children to go back to school. Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our Covid-19 vaccines have brought wide-ranging benefits for the country.”
“I appreciate the independent JCVI’s expert advice.
As a result, we’re now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children with conditions such as sickle cell disease or type 1 diabetes to protect even more children.
Today, I sent a letter to the Chief Medical Officers of the four countries requesting that they consider the vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds from an expanded perspective, as suggested by the JCVI.
Before making a decision, we’ll consider the Chief Medical Officers’ advice, based on the JCVI’s.