UK to Roll Out Vaccines to Some 12-15-Year-Olds, Await Pfizer Data on Younger Children

UK to Roll Out Vaccines to Some 12-15-Year-Olds, Await Pfizer Data on Younger Children


The British government will roll out coronavirus vaccines to youths nearing their 18th birthday and some 12-15-year-olds, with the door open to expanding the programme to younger children later in the year.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) which shapes the Boris Johnson administration’s vaccine policies, made the recommendations, which have been announced in the House of Commons by government vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi — with the JCVI reportedly open to recommending the vaccine more youngsters once the results of short-term Pfizer trials on children as young as two are announced.

The official line from the Department of Health and Social Care, headed by Sajid Javid MP, remains equivocal as of the time of publication, however, with a spokesman saying only that “The Government will continue to be guided by the advice of the JCVI, and no decisions have been made by ministers on whether [all] people aged 12

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