Plans to vaccinate children as young as 5 delayed
Plans to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19 have been delayed, it has been announced.
The update comes amid an impasse between the government and its vaccinations watchdog.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have recommended that children as young as 5 should receive a vaccine on a non-urgent basis.
This information was handed to Downing Street over a week ago.
Downing Street is said to be reviewing the information yet to issue a verdict.
Boris Johnson is now expected to announce an update on the 21st of February.
The decision, which is to be announced at parliament, is expected to coincide with an update on the long-term ‘living with covid’ plan.
It is understood that if the vaccination program is introduced jabs will be made available to all young children via parental consent.
Each child will be set to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
The vaccine will be issued in two doses spaced 8 week apart.
According to data obtained by Sky News, around 500,000 vulnerable children aged 5-11 were eligible for their first vaccine in January.
If Boris Johnson confirms the plan will go ahead at the end of the month, vaccinations will be available for ‘all’ children in the age group.
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