Unlike for adults the likelihood of severe outcomes or death associated with covid-19 infection is very low for children, undermining the appropriateness of MHRA authorisation for child covid-19 vaccines.

The possibility that rare adverse events could emerge as the more durable public health legacy of any authorisation for child covid-19 vaccines is far greater than that of adults. 

Dr. Kate O’Brien of the W.H.O said children should not be a focus of COVID-19 immunization programs even as increasing numbers of rich countries authorize their coronavirus shots for teenagers and children.

“Children are at (a) very, very low risk of actually getting COVID disease,” said O’Brien, a pediatrician and director of the WHO’s vaccines department. She said that the rationale for immunizing children was to stop transmission rather than to protect them from getting sick or dying.

“When we’re in this really difficult place, as we are right now, where the supply of vaccine is insufficient for everybody around the world, immunizing kids is not a high priority right now.”

Whilst the MHRA has granted permission for permission of the Pfizer vaccine to children between the ages of 12-18 we the undersigned say a resounding NO to this being the position accepted by the  Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) who will advise on whether this age group will be vaccinated as part of the deployment programme.

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