Dominic Harrison, director of public health in Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire, has warned of an “exceptionally high rate” among 17 and 18-year-olds – and urged ministers to license jabs for teenagers to help protect the wider community.
He told BBC Radio 4’s World At One: “We desperately need the UK Government, the MHRA [Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency] to pass the Pfizer vaccine as safe and effective for that age group.
“Now the USA, Canada, Singapore and the European Union have all in the last week said that’s Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective for 12 years and above and I just hope the UK Government can get on with passing that, assuming that they agree that we could then get into rapid vaccination for that cohort, before the end of term.
“Because that would help not just with protecting the whole population through an increased number of people vaccinated, but reducing transmission in that group.”
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