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Vaccine for under-16s rejected by watchdog: Chris Whitty under pressure


The JCVI, which has been the subject of criticism from scientists, MPs, and schools regarding its ruling, has instructed its chief medical officers to review it in a broader light.


UK reports that, following its refusal to approve the Covid-19 vaccine for under-16s, the vaccines watchdog has come under heavy fire from MPs, headteachers, and scientists.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent group of scientists, also was accused of passing the buck when it rejected calls to expand the vaccination programme and left it to the Chief Medical Officer to determine which 12-15-year-olds should receive vaccinations.

The Uk health minister in the UK government has ordered their chief medical officers – including England’s Chris Whitty – to review the JCVI’s ruling and “consider the matter from a broader perspective.”

As I understand it, the review is likely to take “many days” rather than weeks, and that it will be “rigorous, thorough, and measured”.

The UK time reports that According to the JCVI, offering the vaccine apart from vaccine for under-16s to more young people purely on The UK health grounds would only provide a marginal benefit, and it would not suffice to warrant offering the vaccine to a larger number of people.

Scientists and teachers warned it would put kids at risk of contracting long-term infectious diseases.

The UK time states, “We learn that each day nearly 1,000 children under 18 develop Covid-19-related symptoms that can last three to four months,The JCVI will be entirely responsible for according to Deepti Gurdasani, a senior lecturer in epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London. she spoke.

With regard to vaccination programmed for over-12s, several countries are already well advanced. The UK Time news states that, as a result of this decision, Geoff Barton, president of the Association of School and College Leaders, said it would be more difficult to guard against educational disruptions caused by the virus during the fall term and beyond.

A Whitehall official has reportedly expressed exasperation with the JCVI’s recommendation that the programme not be expanded. Ministers fear an increase in cases could be triggered by the return to school.

As the shadow Of The UK health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth said he was “surprised” by the decision, in light of the fact other countries vaccinate adolescents already.

UK time news says “Given the far-reaching implications of last year’s school closures and lockdowns on children’s health, ministers must now discuss what steps will be taken to keep children as healthy as possible while still making sure infection levels are kept under control.”

In an interview with the Journal of Clinical Vaccination, Professor Wei Shen Lim explained that the risk of severe Covid-19 in healthy 12- to 15-year-old children was “small”, which means that the benefit of vaccination is small as well.

The UK reports, A further 200,000 children will be suitable for the jab, however, after the JCVI expanded its list of qualifying The UK health problems to include those with chronic major heart, lung, kidney, liver and neurological conditions.