Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations offered to 16–17-year olds

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations offered to 16–17-year olds

The UK and Welsh Governments have invited 16–17-year olds to receive their coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations following a recommendation from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Despite rare side effects in younger people, the COVID-19 Chair for JCVI, Professor Wei Shen Lim, has expressed confidence in the vaccine and hopes it will provide approximately 80% protection against hospitalisation and ‘boost’ the immunity of those who have previously been infected.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, has said: ‘Today’s advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) means more young people aged 16 and over can benefit from COVID-19 vaccines. I have accepted their expert recommendations and I have asked the NHS to prepare to vaccinate those eligible as soon as possible. The JCVI have not recommended vaccinating under-16s without underlying health conditions but will keep its position under review based on the latest data.’

Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan, has said in a cabinet statement that the Welsh Government will be offering vaccinations to all 16-and 17-year-olds in line with the JCVI advice.

Sources:

• Statement on offering COVID-19 vaccination to young people

• Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination – JCVI announcement on vaccinating Children & Young People

• JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 vaccination of young people aged 16 to 17

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