Mass vaccination of children and adolescents against Wuhan pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19) may not be given in the United Kingdom, and only high-risk individuals aged 12 to 15 years and adolescents who will turn 18 years old may be administered.
The UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), according to Reuters, recommends that all minors not be vaccinated until the associated risks have been further confirmed.
JCVI guidelines indicate that only 12- to 15-year-olds who are medically vulnerable to the disease or who live with other high-risk adults can be vaccinated, as can 17-year-olds who will turn 18 in three months.
The U.K. Department of Health said it has not yet decided whether to start regular vaccination for 12- to 17-year-olds, while JCVI stressed that they will continue to review the possibility of vaccination for all adolescents and children.
The U.K. reported 54,674 new people diagnosed with martial lung on the 17th, up from 51,870 the day before and a record high for the second half of the year.