The UK authorities is recommending kids ages 16 and 17 obtain the primary dose of a Covid-19 vaccine “as soon as possible,” in line with an announcement from Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Wednesday.
The suggestion comes after the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) up to date their steering to advise all 16- and 17-year olds to obtain their first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
The up to date steering is a change from the UK’s earlier plan to solely provide Covid-19 vaccines to kids if that they had underlying well being situations.
“In the last few weeks, there have been large changes in the way COVID-19 has been spreading in the UK, particularly in younger age groups. The adult vaccine programme has progressed very successfully and more safety data has become available, so it was important to review the advice for the vaccination of children and young people,” the JCVI stated in an announcement.
The UK authorities plans to prioritize the primary dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for younger individuals, whereas delaying a suggestion for a second dose, in line with the JCVI assertion.
“The aim is for the second dose to be given later and this will extend protection for a longer period, for example when those young people start work or go to university, or if we begin to get another wave of cases in winter. It is important to keep young people well and in school in the Autumn term and to minimise disruption to education as far as possible. For now we recommend prioritising the first dose in younger age groups,” JCVI stated, including that it’s possible a second dose will ultimately be provided from 12 weeks after the primary dose.
“In the UK where there is good uptake of the vaccine amongst adults, we can take a more precautionary approach to vaccine rollout in younger people, who are at lower risk of serious harm from COVID-19,” the JCVI continued, additionally noting that analysis exhibits younger individuals reply higher to the vaccine than older individuals and are anticipated to have round 80% safety towards hospitalization following one dose.
“COVID-19 vaccines have saved greater than 60,000 lives and prevented 22 million infections in England alone. They are constructing a wall of defence towards the virus and are the easiest way to guard individuals from severe sickness. I encourage everybody who’s eligible to come back ahead for each their jabs as shortly as doable,” Javid stated.
“The JCVI have not recommended vaccinating under-16s without underlying health conditions but will keep its position under review based on the latest data,” the well being secretary added.
“Those aged 12 to 15 with extreme neuro-disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, immunosuppression and a number of or extreme studying disabilities, in addition to individuals on this age group who’re family contacts of people who’re immunosuppressed, are already eligible for vaccination. JCVI will proceed to assessment information and supply updates on in danger teams aged 12-15 and whether or not any extra teams might be added.”