Vaccine passports: Commentator hits out at 'outrageous' plan
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The UK drug body MHRA recently authorised the Pfizer vaccine to 12-15 year olds in the UK. Following that regulatory approval, the Government has announced children aged 12-15 with underlying health conditions that make them clinically or extremely vulnerable can get the Pfizer vaccine. For those who refuse to get their child jabbed, Doctor Amir Khan issued a withering critique.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine this morning, Doctor Amir said the COVID-19 risks to children is not entirely negligible.
In fact, a “small number of children go on to develop ‘long Covid'”, he warned.
Long Covid has come to describe symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone.
“I have seen them in my clinic and it’s heartbreaking,” said Doctor Amir.
In light of the risk posed to all children, Doctor Amir made the case for vaccinating everyone in this cohort, not just the most vulnerable.
Vaccine eligibility – latest
Children aged 12 to 15 with severe neurological conditions, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression or severe or multiple learning disabilities should be vaccinated, advised the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Young people aged 16 to 17 years of age who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19, have already been offered the COVID-19 vaccination.
What’s more, children and young people aged 12 years and over who are household contacts of persons who are immunosuppressed should be offered a COVID-19 vaccination on the understanding that the main benefits from vaccination are related to the potential for indirect protection of their household contact who is immunosuppressed, advised JCVI.
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