UK’s Vaccine Advisory: No Vaccine Mandates for Healthy 12 to 15 Year Old’s

UK’s Vaccine Advisory: No Vaccine Mandates for Healthy 12 to 15 Year Old’s

An influential independent expert advisory committee that advises the United Kingdom health departments on immunization, generating recommendations for vaccination policy, schedules, and observances of vaccine safety has declared that healthy children ages 12 to 15 will not be needing COVID-19 vaccines in the UK. Called the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), with a statutory role in England and Wales, health care departments in Scotland and Northern Ireland can opt to follow its advisory. The recent declaration appears to deviate from the Anglo-American world, where a vaccine-centric eradication of COVID-19 drives the Biden administration's plans now and into 2022, where he hopes to stave off an election massacre against his party.

While the JCVI has recognized that the "health benefits from vaccination are marginally greater than the potential known harms," the influential body declared that the particular "margin of benefit is considered too small to support universal vaccination of healthy 12 to 15 year old at this time."

While mass vaccination programs, such as the ongoing and unfolding one in America do consider wider societal impacts such...

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