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Covid-19 vaccines for healthy children aged between 12 and 15 are not being recommended by the Government’s vaccine advisers.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) has announced that it is widening the so-far limited rollout to more children in this age bracket who have underlying health conditions.
But it is not recommending mass vaccination of children aged between 12 and 15.
It comes after Boris Johnson has said the UK needs to “go faster” with the vaccination of 16 to 17-year olds, despite a “strong” uptake within the age group.
The prime minister told reporters that the eligible teenagers were “a very important group for potential transmission”.
“I would urge all 16 to 17-year-olds, everybody who knows 16 to 17-year-olds – the numbers are coming up very fast now, it is very encouraging to see more and more 16 to 17-year-olds taking the jab – but we need to go faster with those,” he said.
NHS England said more than 620,000 young people aged 16 and 17 have now been jabbed, less than a month after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) approved they could be given a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.