Why UK government is still hesitant about vaccinating Pfizer and Moderna for 12-15 year olds?

September 5, 2021 by archyde

On Friday (Sept. 3), the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization (JCVI) voted to recommend 200,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15 with underlying medical conditions. get vaccinated However, vaccination is not recommended for children of the same age group that are healthy. by reasoning that at this time The health benefits of vaccination are too low.

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And the UK government is now awaiting a decision from its chief medical officers, the government’s medical advisors. which is expected to be concluded in a few days

However, the government had previously decided to vaccinate people of different age groups, according to the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunity.

Even children are at risk of contracting COVID But the chances of them falling ill are very slim. That means there must be a clear benefit to vaccinating them.

Why UK government is still hesitant about vaccinating Pfizer and Moderna for 12-15 year olds?

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But the main reason for the hesitation is the rare side effects of vaccinations like Pfizer and Moderna.

what we don’t know yet

Research looking at people who received mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, found a small risk of developing myocardial infarction. (myocarditis), which is more common in children In boys, especially after the second dose, it can cause chest pain and a rapid heartbeat, but symptoms usually go away on their own in a few days.

No vaccine or drug is 100% safe, but statistics from the US It was found that the number of children experiencing side effects was very low.

Of the 1 million children aged 12-17 who receive the Pfizer vaccine, about 60 will experience side effects (8 out of 1 million for girls). younger child That’s why the authorities now recommend that children aged 16-17 get vaccinated.

But being infected with COVID can also affect children’s health. It also affects their hearts. The question is how much is that risk?

“The main thing we don’t know is the risk of myocardial infarction from coronavirus itself,” said Prof Neil Ferguson, a government adviser and professor at Imperial College London.

“If the risk is equal or greater than the vaccination So vaccination would be more useful.”

But this scholar said Couldn’t give a definitive answer. Because there is no data on the effects of long-term myocardial infarction.

what else do

Why UK government is still hesitant about vaccinating Pfizer and Moderna for 12-15 year olds?

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US aims to continue vaccinating children More than 10 million children aged 12-15 are now vaccinating, with confidence that the risk of coronavirus outweighs the risk of the vaccine’s side effects, and France, Italy, Canada, Israel and Ireland are also following.

One recent study from the US Young men are at risk of developing myocardial infarction from coronavirus six times higher than vaccination, or 450 cases per 1 million coronavirus cases, said young men.

However, the decision of the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization may be due to the fact that they are not convinced of the information they have seen so far. and would not want to push for vaccination and risk the consequences This can affect parents’ confidence in giving their children other vaccines.

Inject it to a child, what do you get?

Why UK government is still hesitant about vaccinating Pfizer and Moderna for 12-15 year olds?

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Even vaccinating school children will not stop the epidemic in schools or in general society. But injections to children in this age group should help reduce the spread. And make more children able to come to school during the coming winter.

A government adviser recently came out to say that 40-70% of high school children may have contracted the coronavirus in the first semester. and already have immunity

There is also debate over whether it is better to turn to campaigning for people over 18 to get vaccinated more or not, as more than 12% are skeptical about refusing to get vaccinated.

But that’s not what the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunity is all about. Ultimately, it weighs between the rare side effects of vaccination and the very small risk a child will be affected by coronavirus.


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Natasha Kumar

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