On Sunday, the state-run National Health Service (NHS), Britain will this week begin offering vaccinations to children aged between five and 11 who are most at risk of coronavirus.
In comparison with other countries, such as the United States and Israel, Britain has been slow to offer vaccinations to children aged 5 to 11 and is not planning to vaccinate more of the age group.
NHS England said children in the cohort who were in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed would be able to get a first Covid-19 shot, in line with advice issued last month by the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI).
British Vaccine Minister Maggie Throup said, “I would like parents and guardians to be reassured that no new vaccine for children would have been approved unless the expected standards of safety, quality, and effectiveness had been met”. She further added that she encourages as many as possible to make sure they get their children the vaccine when contacted.
The Pfizer-BioNTech shot will be offered to children in two 10 microgram doses, equivalent to a third of the dose for adults.