DHSC announces 12 to 15 year olds will be offered coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

DHSC announces 12 to 15 year olds will be offered coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

LNB News 14/09/2021 34

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that young people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and in line with the recommendation of the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The DHSC has published a letter from the UK CMOs setting out their advice to the UK Health Ministers on the universal vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 15 years against coronavirus, citing mental health and avoiding disruptions to education as reasons to proceed.

The COVID-19 and Health Protection Analysis Team at the DHSC has also produced an analysis of a range of scenario-based estimates of school absences due to coronavirus infections in 12 to 15 year olds in England with and without the vaccine. The scenario results provided that, for all coronavirus related absences combined, between 18 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, the number of school day absences would reduce from 36 million to 24 million with vaccinations.

The government has accepted the advice of the UK CMOs and the NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, with invitations to begin from 20 September 2021. Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination in line with existing school vaccination programmes.

The letter from the UK CMOs can be found here.

The research and analysis on the impact of school absence can be found here.

See here for information from the Welsh Government.

Sources:

• Universal vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 15 years against COVID-19

• Impact on school absence from COVID-19 vaccination of healthy 12 to 15 year old children

• Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine

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