Covid jabs for some under-18s to be recommended in UK

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Some children will be offered Covid vaccines to protect them against the pandemic virus ahead of winter, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

He told BBC Breakfast those with medical conditions that make them vulnerable to Covid would be eligible.

But whether to jab healthy children aged 12-17 will be “kept under review”.

He will make a statement to Parliament later today.

Mr Zahawi said the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) – the committee of UK vaccine experts which advises the government on the best approach – will recommend that children close to their 18th birthday should have the vaccine too, along with those who live with clinically vulnerable people.

Current advice is that 16 to 18-year-olds can be offered a Pfizer jab if they are in a priority group, or live with someone who has a weakened immune system.

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