Covid live: UK and EU urged to stop blocking vaccine patent waiver; ‘sudden and severe wave’ in Syria’s Idlib

Posted by on September 13, 2021 12:53 pm
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After months of uncertainty, the UK’s four chief medical officers have said that Covid-19 vaccinations can be offered to all 12-to-15-year-olds. How was the decision made, how will the vaccines be rolled out, and what difference will they make?

Related: How will the Covid vaccine rollout to 12-to-15-year-olds in UK work?

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The UK’s four chief medical officers have decided that children aged 12 to 15 years olds can be offered Covid vaccinations. All children of this age group will be offered a first vaccine immediately, to be administered by the schools vaccination programme.

Earlier, the government’s vaccine watchdog – the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation – said the evidence for vaccinating healthy 12-15 year olds was that it was of marginal benefit.

Related: ‘It’s just that layer of security’: UK parents mostly welcome 12-15s getting Covid jabs

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