UK – JCVI does not recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all 12 to 15-year-olds

The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced last Friday (3rd September) that it does not recommend universal COVID-19 vaccination for healthy 12 to 15-year-olds ‘at this time’.

According to the JCVI, although the health benefits from COVID-19 vaccinations are marginally greater than the potential known harms, this margin of benefit is ‘too small’ to recommend vaccinations for this age group currently.

The JCVI added that considering the wider societal impacts of vaccination – including educational benefits – are outside its remit.

As such, the JCVI said the government may wish to seek further input on the wider impacts of vaccination in this age group from the UK’s chief medical officer…