Instead of offering the Covid vaccine to everyone over the age of 12, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) decided to offer it to 200,000 vulnerable children.
Despite mounting pressure, Covid vaccines will not be made available to everyone over 12 in the UK.
For the first time in its history, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) expanded the small group of seriously ill children between 12 and 15.
However, it announced that for the time being, it will not be recommending vaccinations for otherwise healthy children in this age range. According to the JCVI, the small risk of Covid-19 in this age group does not justify the risk of very rare side effects.
Due to its inability to decide on wider benefits, such as schooling and adult protection, the JCVI will no longer make the final recommendation on expanding vaccinations to all children aged 12 to 15.
Now it’s up to four chief medical officers in Britain – who have been asked by Health Secretary Sajid Javid to provide advice “as soon as possible.”
Although the government is expected to make a final decision on vaccinating everyone over the age of 12 as soon as next week, a final recommendation is expected to take days or weeks.
Covid Vaccines should be offered to children.
Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, was among those who called for all children aged 12 and older to be offered the vaccine with parental consent.
Over-16s are eligible for the vaccine, but those aged 12 to 15 can only get it if they are clinically vulnerable or live with adults at a higher risk of developing serious illnesses.
This offer should include children with sickle cell anemia, type 1 diabetes, and other serious heart, lung, liver, and neurological conditions that put them at high risk of contracting the virus. Around 200,000 children are part of the group.
All over-12s should not receive vaccinations at the Joint Commission on Vaccines and Immunizations (J expertsCVI).
Myocarditis is an extremely rare side effect that has been studied in the United States. As a result, the heart muscle becomes inflamed, which reduces its capacity to pump blood.
Within a week of the second dose, doctors notice an abnormal heart rhythm in boys.
There have been 1,000 cases of heart inflammation discovered by scientists in the United States, where millions of children have received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Nearly 800 of these children were able to recover from their illnesses by July.
There have been millions of vaccinations in the UK, but the evidence is still mixed when it comes to vaccines for children.
When it comes to the indirect consequences of not immunizing children, the JCVI says they cannot be considered because they are not directly related to their physical or mental wellbeing.
A final government decision on immunizations for all children aged 12 to 15 will be made after the chief medical officers in the UK review the medical evidence and wider impacts.
Only the direct benefit and risk to children will be considered by chief medical officers.
When they decide to vaccinate all over-12s in the future, they will take their time.
Meaning that despite English schools have been back in session for three days, the UK’s vaccination offer hasn’t changed much from several weeks prior.