CHILDREN aged 5-11 will be offered the Covid-19 vaccine in all countries of the UK.
The decision was made after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said children should be offered a Covid jab.
The JCVI said that while the virus isn’t much of a threat to most children, a very small number who are infected can have serious symptoms.
The JCVI also said that it will help to protect five to 11-year-olds from a future wave of Covid-19.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that the roll-out will be “non-urgent” and that the decision meant that “parents can, if they want, take up the offer to increase protection against potential future waves of Covid-19 as we learn to live with this virus”.
Children will get a much smaller dose of the vaccine, similar to other countries who are already vaccinating children around the world.
The US has given it to eight million children aged five to 11 so far, while Cuba and Venezuela are giving the Soberana 2 vaccine to children as young as two.
Wales announced the decision first, and was soon followed by Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.
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