JCVI says at-risk children should be offered coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

JCVI says at-risk children should be offered coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that children who are at increased risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) are offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This includes children with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression and learning disabilities. It has also recommended that children living with an immunosuppressed person should be offered a vaccine. Based on current evidence, the JCVI is not advising routine vaccination of children outside these groups as coronavirus rarely causes severe disease in children without underlying health conditions.

The Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, has accepted this advice and has asked the NHS to prepare to vaccinate those eligible as quickly as possible. A US clinical trial with 1,000 children aged 12 to 15 found side effects were generally short-term and mild to moderate.

Sources:

• JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people

• Statement on offering COVID-19 vaccines to at-risk young people

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