Vaccinating children against Covid: You have your say on whether youngsters should be covered by programme

From following the science to concerns over long term side effects – these were among the views when we asked whether children should get a coronavirus jab.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 4:30 pm
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 4:30 pm

The question came after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said children could be vaccinated against Covid-19 as a way of preventing disruption to their education, with a decision expected in later in the summer.

The University of Oxford is running a clinical trial on children to test the safety and efficacy of its vaccine in younger ages, with initial results expected in the summer.

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Readers have had their say on whether children should be given a Covid-19 vaccination.

It comes after Pfizer said trials of its vaccine in 12 to 15-years-old showed 100% efficacy and a strong immune response.

Here’s what Mail readers had to say on our Facebook page:

Shelley Jones said: “Why? Children suffer more from vaccine injury than Covid. Doesn’t make a great deal of sense.

"Children transmitting the virus is very very low and surely anyone who is at risk has been vaccinated.”

Kirsty Ainsley: “If I’m not 100% sold on it then I’m certainly not gonna put my child through it.”

Sarah Natalie posted: “Certainly not. If they have health issues that’s different but healthy growing school children should not be getting this vaccine that they know no long term effects of.”

Katherine Yarrow wrote: “If the research shows that's the sensible thing to do. Epidemiology shouldn't be led by straw poll.”

Chris Carter said: “I'm not sure if it's been trialled in school age children yet. But if it has been with a large enough sample size, it's difficult to argue against it.”

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