There will be enough Pfizer puffs available to vaccinate all children over 12 against Covid, says Matt Hancock
- There will be enough Pfizer shocks to vaccinate children, Matt Hancock said
- A final decision about vaccinating children is pending
- There have been debates about the ethics of vaccinating adolescents, most of whom only have mild symptoms of Covid-19
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there will be enough Pfizer shocks to vaccinate children against Covid-19.
His comments on Monday suggested there might be an urge to vaccinate teens this fall.
Mr Hancock said he is monitoring data on the Pfizer vaccine in children and a final decision will be made in the coming months.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there will be enough Pfizer shocks to vaccinate children against Covid-19
It is because scientific advisors have not yet decided whether children should be vaccinated against Covid-19.
It has been debated whether vaccinating adolescents to prevent the virus from spreading among adults is ethical or justified.
Most children who become infected with the virus experience only mild symptoms.
More cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus have been identified in the UK. 86 local authorities are now reporting five or more confirmed cases, ministers said.
The Health Minister told the House of Commons on Monday that while variant B1617.2 appeared to be more transmissible, the evidence indicated that vaccines were effective against it.
Mr Hancock said the variant has become the dominant variety in parts of northwest England.
It has been debated whether vaccinating adolescents to prevent the virus from spreading among adults is ethical or justified (picture in stock).
He added that a number of measures are being taken to combat the spread, including speeding up second doses of the vaccine for people over 50 and for those at risk.
Mr Hancock told the Commons that there are now 2,323 confirmed cases of B1617.2 in the UK – 483 of them in Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen, where it is now the dominant strain.
He said cases there had doubled over the past week and increased across all age groups.
Mr Hancock also told MPs that there are 86 local authorities with five or more confirmed cases, with Bedford being the “next biggest cause for concern”.