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Children ‘as young as 12’ considered in line for Covid jab before school return


The Telegraph suggests the vaccine could be administered after the summer holidays. The NHS has drawn up possible plans for the first week when schools open up, without the need for parental consent, their report claims.

On Wednesday, NHS trusts were notified to prepare for the expected rollout for vaccines which possibly will be offered to 12 to 15-year-olds.

The rollout is set to begin on September 6 and trusts are expected to have plans ready by 4pm on Friday, according to the newspaper.

However, Britain’s Health Department responded and said that no decision has been made yet.

“No decisions have been made on vaccinating 12-15 year olds and it is inaccurate to suggest otherwise,” the department said in an emailed statement late on Wednesday.

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“I have asked the NHS in England to offer the jab to all 16 and 17-year-olds by next Monday – before school restarts.”

France started offering the Pfizer vaccine to people aged 12 and up already in June.

In Germany, people under the age of 18 were first only offered the vaccine if at risk of severe infection.

However, in the beginning of August the health minister changed the rules to make the Pfizer jab available to everyone over the age of 12.

Italy and the Netherlands have also been offering the Covid vaccine to 12-year-olds.

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