Nadhim Zahawi: Advice on vaccines for children ‘imminent’
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Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi has promised advice on whether children can be given vaccinations against Covid will be provided soon with new advice “imminent.” Mr Zahawi was press on Channel 4 on whether the advice of vaccines for under 18s would be provided before the start of the new school year. Currently, children in the UK are no allegedly for a job unless a medical condition puts them at high risk from coronavirus.
Presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked the Minister: “Will we have an answer on whether children can have the vaccine by the start of the new school year in the Autumn?”
Mr Zahawi replied: “So we are awaiting the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advice.
“It is imminent.
“They have been looking at this in some detail, looking at data from first doses in America”
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“Looking at the signal with myocarditis which they were concerned about especially amongst young people,” added the Minister.
“They will get some more data on second doses in places like the United States.
“Because of May 17, they have vaccinated 4 million children in America with first dose.
“So we will continue to look at that data, the advice is imminent.”
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He added: “My very strong feeling is that they will properly say look the children who are vulnerable because they have then we should protect them with our Pfizer vaccine.
“Which is approved by our regulator.”
Britain’s top medicine regulatory body the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned inoculating under-18s may be a needed in order for the UK to reach levels of herd immunity.
The UK vaccination rollout continues to progress with the latest figures showing 62.4 percent of the UK adult population have received at least one vaccine dose, while 49.2 percent have been fully vaccinated.
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Health experts have recently spoken out in favour of vaccinating those aged under 18.
Professor Jeffrey Almond told Sky News: “At the start of this we reckoned that you needed somewhere around 65 to 70 percent of the whole population to be immune in order to have that herd immunity which prevents the virus spreading.
“Because, with 80 percent of the adult population (vaccinated), if that only represents 50 percent of the whole population, we’re still too low to prevent the virus spreading and it will spread in kids.
“So, I’m in favour, if we can and when we can, of vaccinating children as well so that the whole population is immune to the point where the virus can no longer circulate.”
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