The NEU welcomes the news that there will be a mass vaccination programme against the flu including of children.

Commenting on the Government’s announcement that it will vaccinate for flu all children aged 2-15, anyone aged 16-50 with conditions, and all people over 50, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“The NEU welcomes the news that there will be a mass vaccination programme against the flu including of children.

“Vaccines are very safe and convey huge protections to individuals and society.

“With Covid cases amongst children now the highest they have been during the pandemic and with many forecasts of large numbers of cases in September and worries about long Covid, we are very concerned to hear what JCVI will say about Covid vaccinations for children.

“We know that the MHRA have concluded that the Pfizer vaccine is safe for 12- to 15-year-olds. And we know that 90% of parents are in favour of vaccinating their children against coronavirus.

“It is important that we can begin to plan the vaccination effort.

“Knowing whether children will be vaccinated is also important to any discussions about what other mitigations to slow the spread of the virus should be put in place.

“We urge the Department for Education to be clear on the next steps.”

ENDS

Editor’s Note

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-mhra-concludes-positive-safety-profile-for-pfizerbiontech-vaccine-in-12-to-15-year-olds

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/covid19schoolsinfectionsurveyengland/round5englandmay2021

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