The Joint Committee on Immunizations and Immunizations advice is for parents of 5-11 year olds to have their children vaccinated ‘if they feel comfortable’ to protect against possible future episodes of Covid. future.
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All children over the age of five in the UK will be able to get one Coronavirus vaccine from April, the Government announced today.
Two smaller doses of Pfizer jab, 12 weeks apart, will be given to this age group to help control future Covid waves after the Covid curbs are removed.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, Covid Chair of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said: “The committee carefully considered the direct health effects of vaccination and the effects potential indirect educational action.
“The main purpose of vaccinating 5-11 year olds is to increase their protection against serious illness against a potential future wave. Covid-19. ”
Here’s all you need to know…
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What is advice?
JCVI advises parents of 5-11 year olds to get them vaccinated “if they feel comfortable” to protect against possible future Covid episodes.
They fear that if a new variant causes a wave, it will be too late to get all children in this age group protected by timely vaccinations.
The very small chance of serious complications in this age group is thought to be greater than the even smaller chance of serious side effects from the vaccine.
About 85% of 5-11 year olds are thought to have contracted Covid, however immunity declines over time, especially for mild infections.
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What’s different about this advice?
While independent experts recommend intervention for this age group, the JCVI has delivered a more nuanced message, emphasizing that it is not an urgent program like previous rounds of vaccination. .
They say parents should not rush to get them vaccinated against Covid even in school or other childhood vaccines like MMR jab.
In the 12 to 15 age group so far, 1.6 million people have received at least one dose.
What was considered when deciding to recommend jabs for this age group?
While absenteeism is considered a negligible factor.
This is because students may need time off with mild side effects – such as fever, headache or arm pain – as well as needing time off due to Covid.
The main factor is the risk of serious illness for the child.
The JCVI weighed the extremely low risk of serious Covid symbionts against the extremely low risk of serious vaccine side effects.
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What is my child’s risk?
In a future Covid wave, between 10 and 58 cases of a rare inflammatory condition known as Covid-triggered PIMS-TS will be prevented for every million 5-11 year olds who receive the dual vaccine.
The JCVI also estimates that between 17 and 98 Covid hospitalizations would be averted per million double stabbings in this age group, as well as up to three ICU admissions.
This is compared to the risk of the most worrisome vaccine side effect of the Covid-19 vaccine, called myocarditis.
This is inflammation of the heart muscle and its long-term effects are unknown.
The JCVI estimates it happens to less than two in a million children when stabbed by Pfizer.
How will the deployment work?
It has not yet been decided whether the vaccine will be used for children 5-11 years old in schools NHS Centres.
From April, this age group will be provided with two doses of 10 micrograms of Pfizer vaccine
This is much less than the 30 microgram dose for adults.
They will be given at least 12 weeks apart but the second dose can be delayed so it can be given during school holidays.
This is to avoid missing school due to minor side effects such as fever, headache, and arm pain.
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