Professor Adam Finn from the University of Bristol is a member of JCVI. He stated: “I stand behind the JCVI advice which is to not go ahead with vaccinating healthy 12- to 15-year olds on health outcomes risk-benefit grounds due to the current uncertainty – as there is a small, but plausible risk of rare harms turning out to outweigh modest gains.”
Vaccinating younger people – latest advice
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is currently being administered to under-18s. However, the Moderna vaccine was approved for use in children within the UK.
Except in exceptional cases, 16- and 17-year olds don’t need to get the vaccination from their parents.
According to the NHS, children below 16 years old can consent if they are believed to be intelligent enough to understand and to possess sufficient competence to make an informed decision about their treatment.
Publication Date: Mon, 13 September 2021 at 07:06:00 (+10000).