In recent weeks, JCI members have appeared increasingly divided on the issue. Earlier this week, Professor Adam Fenn said the group was taking a “very cautious” approach to advice on vaccinating younger children.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of the group’s Covid-19 subcommittee, said earlier this month that the committee would “definitely want to try to protect” children aged 12 to 15 with vaccines.
One of the experts involved in launching the vaccine expressed concern about the way the situation is being handled. They said: “We’ve heard time and time again from JCVI saying they want to see more data before making a decision like this, but the government seems to have run out of patience with it and is pushing to bring this up as soon as possible.”
They also expressed concern about giving punches to 12-year-olds without parental consent.
The guidelines state that if parents are present, they can give or give this in advance. But it says most people between the ages of 12 and 15 are eligible to give their own consent.
A Ministry of Health spokesperson said: “No decisions have been made regarding the vaccination of children aged 12-15 and it is not accurate to say otherwise. Ministers have not yet received further advice from the JCVI on this group.”
“We continue to plan for a range of scenarios to ensure we are prepared for all eventualities.”
Several countries including France, Germany, the United States, Italy and Ireland have either started vaccinating people over the age of 12, or have put in place such plans.
In the United States, more than 40 percent of people ages 12 to 17 have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Israel plans to start a nationwide vaccination campaign in secondary schools Next week, parental consent required.
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