Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday that the British government has not yet decided whether to provide Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to all people aged 12-15.
Previously, the government’s independent advisory body on vaccination and immunization recommended not to provide vaccines to healthy children of this age.
“We haven’t made any decisions yet,” Zahavi told Sky News’ “Sunday Trevor Phillips” show.
But the minister promised that if the government continues its vaccination program, it will seek parental consent.
“I can definitely make such a guarantee,” he said when asked if he would ask his parents.
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently the only CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine authorized by the British drug regulatory agency for children over 12 years of age.
On August 28, the Ministry of Health and Social Care preemptively told the health services in England to prepare to vaccinate all children between 12 and 15 years of age, in order to obtain recommendations to support mass vaccination of this age group.
But the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said on Friday that it is taking “precautionary measures” and does not recommend universal vaccination for children between 12 and 15 years of age, because children in this age group have a very low risk of severe illness. The latest analysis shows that only two of the 1 million children are admitted to the intensive care unit.
Professor Anthony Harnden, vice chairman of JCVI, told the Guardian on Saturday that “the health benefits of vaccinating children aged 12 to 15 years outweigh the risks.”
Harnden said he believes that if the “educational benefits of vaccination make the benefit/risk balance lean towards a greater benefit/risk ratio,” then it is “completely reasonable” to vaccinate healthy teenagers with parental consent.
JCVI’s statement on Friday said that any indirect benefits that healthy children can receive from vaccination are “highly uncertain” and that “increasing evidence shows that there is a link between vaccination against mRNA COVID-19 and myocarditis.”
It added that although adverse events are still very rare and mostly short-lived, “the clinical situation is not typical, and the mid-to-long-term (months to years) prognosis, including the possibility of persistent tissue damage caused by inflammation, is currently uncertain. Because there is not enough follow-up time yet.”
Health ministers of four British countries To their chief medical officer, Asking them to “follow JCVI’s recommendations and advance the work (using experts as you see fit) to consider issues from a broader perspective.”
The ministers stated that they will make a decision based on the recommendations of JCVI and the Chief Medical Officer.
Since March 2020, British schools have been closed for several months during the lockdown.
In July of this year, more than 1 million students were absent from school within a week, mainly because they were in contact with people who tested positive for the CCP virus. But members of Congress were told in August that school absenteeism was “mainly driven by testing policies.”
“If you test a lot of children and show that there are [sic] In some cases, you will eventually send their contacts or classes or even grade groups home, which can have a huge impact,” Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, told the All-Party Parliamentary Coronavirus Group.
Pollard said that there is no need for large-scale testing of children because they usually do not show severe symptoms due to the CCP virus, and those who are most susceptible to serious diseases will be vaccinated.
JCVI recommends vaccination for children aged 12 to 15 who suffer from severe neurological disorders, Down syndrome, immunosuppression, multiple or severe learning disabilities, hematological malignancies, sickle cell disease, type 1 diabetes, and congenital heart disease. .
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times