Experts recommend Covid-19 jabs for select few under-18s

Medical experts have recommended that a limited group of children should be offered Covid jabs to protect them against the pandemic ahead of winter, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

He told BBC that it included children were almost 18, vulnerable to Covid or who lived with people who were clinically vulnerable.

The decision to vaccinate healthy children aged 12-17 will be “kept under review.”

Current advice to under 18s is that 16-18-year-olds can be offered a Pfizer jab if they are in a priority group, or live with someone who has a weakened immune system.

If accepted, the new recommendations would extend eligibility to healthy teenagers who are within three months of their 18th birthday, as well as younger vulnerable children and those living with vulnerable adults.


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