All children aged 12-15 should be offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the UK’s chief medical officers have said.
If the vaccinations go ahead, parents will be asked to give their consent – although children could overrule them.
Why could children aged 12 to 15 get a jab?
The chief medical officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland recommended a single Pfizer dose for all children aged 12 to 15. A final decision will be taken by health ministers in the four UK nations.
Prof Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, said it was a “difficult decision” but it would reduce disruption to children’s education.
He said absence from school “has been extraordinarily difficult for children”, particularly in deprived areas. Extended disruption could cause mental health problems and have long term effects on life chances, he added.
A second dose should not be considered before the spring term, the chief medical officers said.
They made their recommendation after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation – the scientific body advising the government on vaccines – said it did not recommend vaccinating healthy children of that age