Scientific advisers for the Government are reviewing whether to allow more children aged between 12 and 15 in the UK to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
Prof Wei Shen Lim, chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the group was reviewing the latest data on whether to add to the current high-risk under-16s eligible for a jab.
"If the data allows, then we will obviously want to try and protect them with vaccination as well, but that's a decision we can't make at this point, or rather prefer not to make at this point,” he told a Downing Street briefing.
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, added that it was "more likely rather than less likely" that the list of eligible 12- to 15-year-olds would grow.
It comes as the NHS is preparing “full speed ahead” to vaccinate 1.4 million teenagers aged between 16 and 18 after the JCVI recommended first doses of the Pfizer jab for this group. This was accepted by the Government on Wednesday, and parental consent will not be required for over-16s.
Prof Van-Tam said the programme would begin in “a very short number of weeks”, with advice on second doses coming later.
It was his "confident expectation" that the rollout to 16- and 17-year-olds is "well achievable" within one school term, adding there is “no time to waste”.
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