During multiple media appearances this morning, Universities Minister Michelle Donelan refused to clarify whether parental consent would be required to jab the nation’s 16 to 17 year-olds.
The current guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is that children aged 12 and over should only be jabbed, if they are considered to be clinically vulnerable.
However, the government is keen to inject more children to prevent a surge in infections when they return to school. This, despite the Public Health Agency (PHA) admitting in January, that schools are not a major source of covid transmission.
According to The Mail Online:
Asked whether parents would be consulted on whether they wanted their children to receive a vaccine, Ms Donelan said she would not ‘preempt’ the announcement.
Speaking on Sky News this morning, she said: ‘As a representative of the Government I am waiting for the JCVI update on this which could be today but it is very imminent.
‘As I have already said I am not going to preempt a policy announcement.’
Experts have slammed the plans to extend the rollout to teens who are ‘at low risk of serious disease’ and are building up natural immunity through exposure to the virus.
Speaking to The Mail Online, David Livermore, a Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of East Anglia, claimed that there is no justification in rolling out the jabs to 16 and 17 year-olds. He said:
“Sixteen to 17-year-olds are at low risk of serious disease and, through exposure, are developing immunity anyway. We do not know if vaccine-induced or infection-induced immunity will prove the longer lasting, and to the better contributor to herd immunity. Given this I can see no good reason to prioritise vaccinating them.”
Also today, it has been announced that children who become ill with coronavirus rarely experience long-term symptoms, with most recovering in less than a week.
Research conducted by King’s College London scientists suggests that while a small group may experience prolonged illness, they were “reassured” that the number was low. Headaches and tiredness were the most common symptoms seen.
Do not consent to your child receiving a jab. The experts are clear. They do not need them. There is no justification for it. Protect your child’s future. Say no. Say hell no.