UK opts not to vaccinate most under-18s against COVID-19

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The British government has decided not to inoculate most children and teenagers against COVID-19 until more data on the vaccines becomes available

Children as young as 12 with severe neuro-disabilities, Down Syndrome, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning disabilities, as well as those who are household contacts of individuals who are immunosuppressed, will be eligible for vaccination, the government said.

“Today’s advice does not recommend vaccinating under-18s without underlying health conditions at this point in time,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement. “But the JCVI will continue to review new data, and consider whether to recommend vaccinating under-18s without underlying health conditions at a future date.’’

Among hundreds of people at a Paris vaccination center Friday, scores were teenagers with their parents. The French government announced last week that it plans to set up vaccine drives at middle schools, high schools and universities in the fall.

Children and teenagers who are eligible in the U.K. will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the only one the country has authorized for use in that age group.

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