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UK’s Vaccine Assessor Opts Against COVID Jabs For Children

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FILE - In this Monday, March 8, 2021 file photo, pupils queue for a socially distanced assembly at a school in in Manchester, England. The independent body advising the British government on the rollout of coronavirus vaccines says the direct health benefits of offering the jabs to all healthy 12 to 15 year olds are marginal. With just two per million of healthy children needing intensive care treatment for COVID-19, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said the “margin of benefit, based primarily on a health perspective, is considered too small to support advice on a universal program.” (Jon Super/PA via AP, File)

(AP) — The independent body advising the British government on the rollout of coronavirus vaccines says the direct health benefits of offering the jabs to all healthy 12-to-15-year-olds are marginal.

With just two per million of healthy children needing intensive care treatment for COVID-19, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said the “margin of benefit, based primarily on a health perspective, is considered too small to support advice on a universal program.”

It did expand the groups of children with underlying health conditions who should be offered the vaccine, including those with sickle cell disease or type 1 diabetes. The U.K.’s leading medical officers will assess whether the vaccines should be offered to all older children.

 

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