Many countries around the world have already started vaccinations over the age of 12, but the UK continues to consider whether to offer a teenage Covid-19 jab.
As a result, there is concern that the UK, which once led the vaccine program, will lag behind in the younger age group.
With the rollout announcement coming soon, here’s everything you need to know about what’s going to happen.
When will more children get the Covid vaccine?
The coronavirus vaccine for healthy children will be approved by four Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) in the United Kingdom on Monday.
CMOs were asked to assess the social benefits of vaccinations aged 12 to 15 years, including the impact of the pandemic on education.
Advice to the minister is expected to be released later on Monday, sources said. PA News agency, and BBC He reported that the recommendation was to approve the deployment of the jab.
The UK NHS is already required to prepare to deploy the vaccine to all people aged 12 to 15 in case the CMO recommends the program.
When asked about the prospects for vaccinations between the ages of 12 and 15 who visited the British Gas Training Academy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ..
“They decide on them. I think it’s much better for them to express their opinions than politicians.”
Is this different from previous vaccine advice?
Yes, the decision to deploy the vaccine for young children is different from recent advice.
The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) did not recommend mass vaccination for ages 12 to 15.
JCVI experts said vaccination offers little benefit because Covid-19 presents a very low risk for healthy children.
He said the health benefits were too small to support a universal vaccination program, but suggested that the government might seek further advice on this issue, including its impact on education.
JCVI, which made a recommendation in early September, also said it investigated a very rare event of myocardial inflammation known as myocarditis after Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.
This condition can lead to short-term hospital observations followed by the usual rapid recovery, but JCVI says the medium- to long-term results are still uncertain and more to get a clearer picture of the situation. We conclude that we need follow-up time.
How many children are eligible for the vaccine?
When they give the program a green light, more than 3 million children will be subject to jabs.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have already been approved by UK drug regulators for use in children ages 12 and older.
However, currently only children with certain health conditions and children living in the same home as immunocompromised people are eligible for jabs.
Will this be part of the winter plan?
Professor Neil Ferguson, a member of the Emergency Science Advisory Group (Sage), said jabs should be provided to children to prevent the winter waves in Covid-19 cases.
Scientists at Imperial College London told BBC Radio 4 today A program in which the UK was leading Europe on vaccination until recently.
However, countries such as Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Ireland “have higher vaccination levels than us, mainly because they started vaccinations 12 to 15 years earlier than us.” He said.
Professor Ferguson said vaccination of teenagers on the first shot is a priority as the UK is considering coping with Covid’s fall and winter surges.
But he said evidence from Israel suggests that booster shots for a wider population are “very effective in reducing infections and infections further.”
What are your winter plans?
Guidance for working from home and forced use of face masks are likely to be retained as options for the Prime Minister’s Covid winter plan, but he refused to rule out future blockades.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister will tell the country how it can learn to live with the coronavirus and emphasize that vaccination will be a central part of the response in the coming months.
The Covid Act, which is no longer needed, will be abolished and plans for vaccine passports in nightclubs and other crowded areas will be shelved.
Travel signal systems will also be discontinued, eliminating the need for PCR testing for fully vaccinated travelers.
No. 10 said another blockade during the winter would only be considered as a “last resort”.
An official spokesman for the Prime Minister was asked if the minister would consider a winter blockade in the event of a Covid-19 case, and told reporters: Others like coronavirus remedies.
“We only see this kind of countermeasure as a last resort, and we will elaborate on our approach in the event of a significant increase in cases tomorrow.”
Boris Johnson closed his mouth on whether to exclude the winter blockade before the announcement of Covid’s rule change on Tuesday.
Regarding his visit to Leicester on Monday, he said:
“But the situation at this point is very confident in the steps we have taken.”
Additional report from Press Association