Professor Chris Whitty has warned people not to “stigmatize” children who choose not to accept the coronavirus vaccine.
England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) warned after announcing that health organizations are advising ministers to offer the coronavirus vaccine to children aged 12-15 in schools.
Prof Whitty made his announcement at a press conference today (Sept. 13), stating that the decision of the UK’s four CMOs was based on medical evidence and the educational impact of the pandemic.
Research has shown that vaccination has a slight advantage for children between the ages of 12 and 15. However, the difference between the benefits and risks of the vaccine was narrower than in the elderly.
However, the CMOs said the benefits would be greater once the additional health effects of a break in education were considered.
Prof. Whitty said, “Overall, the assessment is a combination of the marginal but assessed benefit that the JCVI has achieved at the individual level and consideration of additional issues related to educational disabilities.
“In our opinion, the benefits significantly outweigh the risk that we recommend our ministers in all four nations to additionally offer a universal vaccination offer – and I would like to emphasize the word offer – of vaccination for children between 12 and 15 years of age.” to those who have already received it. “
But the decision came with a very clear warning that the decision for children to get the vaccine was a personal one and that those who chose not to receive it should not be pressured or stigmatized in any way.
“We really understand that it’s very important that this balanced decision of how the benefits outweigh the risk, but the fact that they’re closer together than people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s, is fair and right to children and teenagers and their parents so that they can make an informed decision, which is very important to us.
“[It is also important] that children and young people are supported in their decision-making and that there is no stigmatization of people for accepting or not accepting vaccinations. We find that very critical. “