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England gets ready for mass COVID inoculations for 12- to 15-year-olds

Christian Fernsby |
Britain’s government said on Saturday it had told England’s health service to get ready for a mass COVID-19 vaccination programme for children aged between 12 and 15 starting in September, if vaccination experts give the green light.

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A first vaccine dose has already been offered to all 16- and 17-year-olds in England as well as to 12- to 15-year-olds with specific underlying health conditions and those who live with someone who is immuno-suppressed.

Most children develop only mild or no symptoms from COVID-19, but they are able to spread the virus.

Britain’s health ministry said “we need to be ready to hit the ground running and start those vaccinations as soon as possible” if the government’s vaccination advisers backed extending the programme to all 12- to 15-year-olds.

The advisers are currently weighing up the possible harms and benefits of such an extension.


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