Up to date recommendation on coronavirus vaccines for 16 and 17-year-olds throughout the UK is ready to be issued within the coming days, Nicola Sturgeon has stated.
“We hope to obtain within the subsequent few days up to date recommendation from the JCVI [Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] on doable vaccination of others within the youthful age teams,” she stated.
“And we stand able to implement any suggestions as quickly as doable.”
Later in proceedings, Ms Sturgeon stated: “We’re ready on JCVI recommendation. After I say ‘we’, I’m clearly referring to the Scottish Authorities, however the UK, Welsh and Northern Irish governments are in the identical place.”
She added: “First, as a precedence, I’m significantly hopeful that we are going to see up to date suggestions for 16 and 17-year-olds.
“I’m hoping for – probably veering in the direction of anticipating – up to date recommendation from the JCVI within the subsequent day or so.”
A Division of Well being spokesperson stated: “We proceed to maintain the vaccination of youngsters and younger folks below assessment and might be guided by the recommendation of the unbiased Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.”
The JCVI is known to be within the means of finalising its up to date recommendation, which might be supplied to the federal government and the devolved administrations in the end.
Labour’s shadow well being secretary Jonathan Ashworth stated: “With the JCVI apparently about to offer the inexperienced mild to vaccinating 16-year-olds, ministers want to make sure plans are in place to roll out this very important subsequent stage of vaccination whereas guaranteeing mother and father have all of the details and knowledge they want.”
It was introduced final month that clinically weak youngsters and people dwelling with at-risk adults will be offered a vaccine – however most youngsters wouldn’t.
The JCVI really helpful that youngsters “at an elevated danger of significant COVID-19 illness” must be provided a jab.
Because of this, youngsters aged between 12 and 15-years-old with extreme neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression and a number of or extreme studying disabilities are being provided the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Youngsters in the identical age vary who dwell with an immunosuppressed individual are additionally being provided a vaccine, together with wholesome youngsters who’re lower than three months away from their 18th birthday.
On the time, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi stated: “We will even ask the JCVI to think about rolling out vaccines to all youngsters and younger folks over the age of 12 and though we’re not taking this step right this moment, the JCVI is conserving this matter below assessment and they are going to be taking a look at extra information because it turns into accessible – particularly on youngsters with a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.”
This was echoed by Well being Secretary Sajid Javid, who stated the JCVI would “take into account whether or not to advocate vaccinating under-18s with out underlying well being situations at a future date”.
The Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company final month authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds.
The jab was authorised to be used within the UK for 16 and 17-year-olds in December.