Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority of children won’t be immunised.
Which children can be provided the vaccine?
The proof on the harms and advantages of vaccination has been reviewed by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
It has advisable vaccinating children aged 12-15 in the event that they are at greater threat of Covid attributable to:
- Extreme neurodisability (which might embody circumstances comparable to cerebral palsy, autism or epilepsy)
- Down’s syndrome
- A severely weakened immune system, together with some children with most cancers
- Profound and a number of studying difficulties
These at greater threat who are already aged 16 or 17 could be vaccinated underneath current guidelines.
The JCVI has additionally advisable immunising 12-17 yr olds who reside with individuals who have a suppressed immune system, as a type of oblique safety.
What about those that are practically 18?
Younger individuals who are inside three months of turning 18 may even be provided the jab.
Born in the summertime, they’d be the youngest of their courses. The purpose can be to get them protected earlier than going to college or beginning work.
Which vaccine will they get?
It is going to be the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
That is the one vaccine that has been authorised to be used in children within the UK. The medicines and security regulator has given a license for the vaccine for use within the over 12s.
Is the Covid vaccine secure for children?
No medication is totally secure and all are a steadiness of threat and profit.
However the Pfizer jab would not have been authorised for UK use if it wasn’t thought of secure.
The vaccine has been linked to extremely uncommon instances of irritation of the center muscle (myocaritis) and of the sac the center beats inside (pericarditis). This was discovered to be extra widespread in youthful males and after a second dose.
However the European Medicines Company – which approves vaccines for the European Union – says there have been one-to-two instances per million folks given the vaccine. Almost everybody made a full restoration.
What are different nations doing?
Many nations have already determined to vaccinate children over the age of 12 – together with Canada and Brazil.
The EU authorised the Pfizer vaccine for over-12s in Might – after a examine discovered an analogous immune response in 12- to 15-year-olds as for 16- to 25-year-olds. Children had been additionally discovered to expertise the identical widespread negative effects, comparable to complications.
Each Pfizer and Moderna are conducting trials of their vaccines on children as younger as six months previous.
Will all UK children be provided the vaccine?
The federal government’s vaccine advisors say the advantages of being vaccinated are very small in wholesome children. It is because so few children develop into critically unwell or die from Covid.
The JCVI additionally says the profit to adults from vaccinating children (to restrict the unfold of Covid) is unclear as so many susceptible folks have been immunised already. It additionally says there is no such thing as a clear proof that vaccinating children will stop kids from getting long-Covid.
Nevertheless, the JCVI is ready for extra security and effectiveness knowledge to see if extra children needs to be provided jabs.
There isn’t a vaccine at the moment authorised to be used within the underneath 12s within the UK.
What number of children have died from Covid?
Nearly all children and younger folks are at very low threat from Covid-19.
Information for England suggests about 25 children died from Covid within the first 12 months of the pandemic.
The vast majority of them additionally had extreme well being issues, together with advanced neurodisabilities.
Solely six had no recorded well being circumstances.