- A single dose of Pfizer’s vaccine is being used for children in the age group
- It is hoped that the rollout will prevent further disruptions to their education
- More than 3m under-16s are eligible and ministers expect 60% to get jabbed
Covid vaccines are being injected into healthy 12 to 15-year-olds in schools across Britain today for the first time.
A single dose of Pfizer‘s jab is being used in the hope that the roll-out will prevent further disruptions to their education.
Parental consent is being sought but children can overrule parents who do not want them to get the jab if deemed ‘competent’, in a move that has caused controversy.
Jack Lane, 14, was one of the first to be vaccinated in England as part of the extended rollout.
After having his vaccine in Leigh-On-Sea in Essex this morning, he said: ‘I am proud to have had my vaccination so that I can remain in school and continue in my education – the jab was quick, easy, and painless.’