A senior health expert said the side effects of children receiving the vaccine are “mild”.
Dr. June Raine, of the Medicines and Health Products Regulator, said that side effects from the coronavirus vaccines can occur in young people, but they are very rare.
She spoke today (Sept. 13) at a press conference where the UK’s Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) announced that they are advising ministers to offer the coronavirus vaccines to children aged 12-15.
The CMOs said their decision was made after determining that the benefits of offering the vaccine to children outweighed the risks.
However, Prof. Chris Whitty stated that the gap between benefit and risk is small. The decision to offer the vaccine to children was made considering the negative health effects caused by the pandemic that disrupted education.
Dr. However, Raine made it clear that while there were some side effects that could pose a risk to children, these were often mild cases and patients usually recovered quickly.
She said at a press conference on Downing Street Monday, “There has been particular interest in reports of heart infections, myocarditis and pericarditis.
“Both are very rare in the general population and our job is to constantly check the balance between what we observe and what we expect.
“We have checked both the UK and international reports very carefully. There is a consistent pattern, we see cases slightly more often in young men and after the second dose.
“But overall, the conclusion of our expert advisors is that these are mild cases that normally recover within a short period of time with standard treatment.
“Our advice remains that the benefits outweigh the risks of vaccination, and this includes 12-15 year olds.”