Covid: Which children are being vaccinated and why?

By James Gallagher
Health and science correspondent

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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

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United Nations, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for deeper international cooperation to address global health crisis, and reduce poverty and inequality.

“We need deeper international cooperation to address the global health crisis, reduce poverty and inequality, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and avert climate catastrophe,” the top UN official said on Sunday in his video message on the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, which is celebrated globally on September 12 every year.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is the most complex immediate challenge facing our world and it is undermining hard won social, economic and environmental gains,” Guterres was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

“In such trying times, the solidarity that underpins South-South cooperation has once again proven vital for developing countries.”

“Throughout the pandemic, countries of the Global South have shared their knowledge and resources to support response and recovery efforts,” the Secretary-General said.

Guterres called for “building inclusive and resilient societies, empowering women and youth, leveraging digital, greener and bluer initiatives, and expanding sustainable financing.”

Noting that South-South and triangular cooperation offer concrete solutions to these shared challenges, he said that “the United Nations will continue to support these efforts – including through our System-wide Strategy on

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