UK expands COVID vaccinations to ages 12 to 15

Monday, 13. September 2021 22:40

The United Kingdom government announced on Monday that it will start offering one dose of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to children aged 12 to 15.

Following the recommendation earlier in the day to start vaccinating children, the government stated that it will begin a school-based vaccination program starting next week. Children will receive the vaccines in their school, with other provisions being made for those that are homeschooled. Parental or guardian consent will be asked prior to vaccination.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid commented on the development: "I have accepted the recommendation from the Chief Medical Officers to expand vaccination to those aged 12 to 15 - protecting young people from catching COVID-19, reducing transmission in schools and keeping pupils in the classroom. Our outstanding NHS stands ready to move forward with rolling out the vaccine to this group with the same sense of urgency we’ve had at every point in our vaccination program."

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