Covid:-19 Decision on vaccinations for under-18s 'within days'

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By Hazel Shearing & Lauren Turner
BBC News

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A determination connected routinely offering Covid jabs to under-18s volition beryllium made wrong days, a elder curate has said.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the authorities was "very sympathetic" to the thought of inviting children aged 12 to 17 to person a jab.

It comes arsenic each big successful the UK has present been offered a vaccine, with the premier curate hailing the "extraordinary achievement".

England and Scotland are acceptable to easiness restrictions from Monday.

It comes arsenic much than 50,000 regular coronavirus cases were recorded connected some Friday and Saturday - levels past seen successful January.

So far, astir 88% of adults person had a archetypal dose and astir 68% person had both, according to the latest figures.

'Compelling evidence'

The Joint Committee connected Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises authorities ministers connected which radical should beryllium offered a vaccine.

Mr Jenrick told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "We are inactive awaiting the last proposal from the JCVI astir extending the vaccination programme to younger people.

"It seems similar a sensible happening to do. The grounds we person received truthful acold is compelling and ministers are going to marque a determination equipped with the proposal successful the coming days."

If it does get the go-ahead, those conscionable abbreviated of their 18th day are apt to beryllium invited to person a vaccine first, on with those who person wellness vulnerabilities and children who unrecorded successful households with others who are much vulnerable.

His comments travel aft a report successful the Sunday Telegraph said that the JCVI is believed to person advised ministers against a wide vaccination programme for each children until further grounds of the risks is available.

According to the Telegraph, guidance this week is expected to accidental the vaccine should beryllium offered lone to susceptible 12 to 15-year-olds and to those who are wrong 3 months of turning 18.

More than 46 cardinal radical person been fixed a jab since the UK's Covid vaccine rollout began successful December 2020.

Mr Johnson promised successful February that each adults would beryllium offered a archetypal dose by the extremity of July, and the Health Secretary Sajid Javid said past month that the authorities wanted two-thirds of UK adults to person had 2 by 19 July.

The premier curate urged anyone who had not booked their vaccine to bash truthful and thanked those who had taken up their offer.

"You are the crushed we are capable to cautiously easiness restrictions adjacent week, and instrumentality person towards mean life," helium said. "Now let's decorativeness the job."

But successful Scotland, almost a 3rd of younger adults stay unvaccinated - contempt the information that by the extremity of Sunday, each over-18s volition person been offered an assignment to person their archetypal dose.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said immoderate had re-arranged appointments and would person the jab shortly.

The UK recorded 54,674 Covid cases connected Saturday - pursuing 51,870 caller cases connected Friday - arsenic good arsenic 41 deaths wrong 28 days of a affirmative test.

The past clip cases exceeded 50,000 was 15 January.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has been doubled jabbed, announced connected Saturday helium had tested affirmative for coronavirus and was isolating. It is understood Mr Javid met Boris Johnson astatine Downing Street connected Friday - the premier curate is present self-isolating astatine Chequers.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak was besides contacted by NHS Test and Trace and is isolating.

'Bumpy winter'

Almost each ineligible restrictions connected societal interaction are to beryllium lifted successful England connected Monday.

New question rules volition besides travel into effect, allowing radical who are double-jabbed to instrumentality to the UK from amber database countries without quarantining - but for those returning to England, Wales and Scotland from France, due to the fact that of concerns implicit the prevalence of the Beta variant there.

The premier curate has described England's attack to easing lockdown arsenic "cautious but irreversible".

But Jeremy Hunt, president of the Commons wellness prime committee, said connected Saturday the authorities was apt to person to reintroduce immoderate controls successful the autumn, arsenic rising lawsuit numbers and infirmary admissions meant the NHS was facing a "very serious" situation.

England's lawman main aesculapian officer, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, warned of a "bumpy winter" ahead. He urged radical to attack the easing of restrictions successful "a cautious, steady, gradual way".

Social distancing rules volition extremity successful England connected Monday, though authorities guidelines counsel look coverings should inactive beryllium worn successful enclosed spaces specified arsenic successful shops and connected nationalist transport.

Scotland volition determination to level zero of Covid restrictions connected Monday, meaning pubs and restaurants tin unfastened until midnight. However, limits connected outdoor meetings volition remain, the instrumentality of workers to offices volition beryllium delayed and look coverings volition inactive beryllium mandatory.

Most Covid rules successful Wales are acceptable to beryllium scrapped from 7 August., but look coverings volition inactive beryllium required successful astir nationalist places and connected nationalist transport.

In Northern Ireland, restrictions volition beryllium eased further connected 26 July, if approved astatine a reappraisal connected 22 July.

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