British children aged 5 to 11, one of the last remaining groups in the country still ineligible for the coronavirus vaccine, will be given doses under new guidelines set forth by the UK’s independent vaccine advisory committee. He announced on Wednesday.
Sajid Javid, UK Health Secretary, said in a statement that the National Health Service will begin providing doses of the vaccine to children of that age in April. Scotland and Wales, which have their own health systems, also announced plans to start vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 on Wednesday.
Children in that age range are medically vulnerable been vaccinated in the UK, according to committee guidelines issued in December.
Mr Javid said the policy’s broader intention was to give parents the opportunity to “strengthen protection against potential future waves”. Covid-19 as we learn to live with this virus. “
The UK has been slower than many other European countries or the US in expanding the availability of vaccines to younger children. The US Food and Drug Administration did so for children ages 5 to 11 in October.
In the UK, the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization said on Wednesday that children should be given two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children, 12 weeks apart. For adults, the initial dose of the vaccine is larger and is usually given four weeks apart.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, head of the committee’s coronavirus programme, said the scientific advisers had “thoroughly weighed the direct health effects of vaccination and the potential indirect educational effects”. hidden” in protecting children against serious illness.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/europe/uk-covid-vaccine-children-ages-5-to-11.html UK will expand eligibility for Covid vaccine to all children aged 5 to 11