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Children In The United Kingdom Will Not Be Provided The Covid Vaccine Unless They Are Very Vulnerable

Scientists have highlighted worries about inflammation around the heart linked to the Pfizer vaccination, so children in the UK will only get it if they are over 12 and highly vulnerable, or if they live with someone who is.
Only children over the age of 12 with severe neuro-difficulties, Downs syndrome, immunosuppression, and numerous or severe learning disabilities should be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine, according to Sajid Javid, the health secretary.
Immunizations will be available to children over the age of 12 who live in the same house as immunocompromised persons.
With a recent ruling that vulnerable 16- and 17-year-olds might be vaccinated, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has expanded the eligibility for youngsters.
Some ministers suggested that beginning in September, all over-12s may begin a vaccination program, adding to population-wide protection against Covid.
“The health benefits in this community are minimal, and the benefits to the larger population are highly unknown,” the advisory panel added.
“At this moment, JCVI believes that the health advantages of universal vaccination in children and young adults under the age of 18 years do not exceed the possible dangers.” The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the United Kingdom for people aged 12 and up.
“Emerging reports from the UK and other countries of uncommon but serious side effects, including myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane around the heart), following the use of Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 and Moderna mRNA1273 vaccines in younger individuals,” according to the JCVI.
The scientists also stated that the risk of extended Covid in youngsters was “very low.”
Javid said he had instructed the NHS to get ready to vaccinate individuals who were eligible as soon as feasible, and that the JCVI should continue to monitor immunization for youngsters.
The decision has divided scientists, as many had expected the Pfizer vaccine to be approved for over-12s.
“It’s unclear what the JCVI knows that the MHRA doesn’t,” said Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, noting that several countries have begun vaccinating children aged 12 and up.
“There does appear to be a correlation between vaccinations and myocarditis,” he said, “although it’s extremely mild and very rare – but there is a danger of long Covid.”
The JCVI decision was “not logical,” according to Gabriel Scally, a visiting professor of public health at the University of Bristol and a member of Independent Sage, who noted that the vaccine had been approved by the MHRA as safe and efficacious for over-12s and was being used in this age range in a number of countries.
“Sure, there are some side effects,” he said, emphasizing that there was no indication that the vaccination had caused any deaths in this age range, whereas Covid had in rare cases.
Prof Adam Finn, a paediatrics professor at the University of Bristol and a member of the JCVI, said there was “incontrovertible evidence” that cardiac inflammation was a true safety warning, despite the fact that the number of significant instances was “very, very tiny.”
Overall, there are roughly one in 100,000 cases of this heart inflammation, according to Jeremy Brown, a professor of respiratory infection at UCL and a JCVI member, who cautioned that there was not a lot of data at the time.
He did say, however, that these types of adverse effects were more common in males than in girls, and at the older end of the teenage range than at the younger end.
Further interruption to education is expected next autumn, according to school officials.
The Association of School and College Leaders’ general secretary, Geoff Barton, acknowledges the need for prudence, but adds that it “leaves us with the possibility for very large numbers of illnesses among youngsters in the autumn term, especially given the loosening of wider constraints in society.”
“This could result in even more educational disruption, as well as public health issues.”
As a result, the government must place a high priority on aiding schools and colleges with Covid protective measures.”

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