All children aged 12 to 15 in the UK will be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab. This will be arranged via the school’s nursing/healthcare teams with the only exclusion to this point would be for children defined as clinically at risk, they will be contacted directly by the surgery.
This information follows the recommendation from the UK’s four chief medical officers that it would help reduce disruption to their schooling this winter and benefit those growing up in the poorest areas.
The JCVI focused squarely on the health benefits of vaccination to children themselves and the impact to their schooling and the wider community. Children’s risk from Covid isn’t zero but the chances of them becoming seriously ill from Covid are incredibly small, that means there is an advantage to giving this age group a vaccine along with reducing the transmission of the disease to others.
Vaccinating secondary-school-age children wouldn’t entirely stop the virus circulating in schools or in society more generally. But vaccines for teens are still likely to reduce infections in that age group and could help keep more children in school over winter.