On September 13th 2021 the four Chief Medical Officer’s for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland sent a letter to the UK Government advising them that all 12 – 15 year olds should be offered a single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This led to plans that had been put in place weeks prior being immediately set into motion.
However, the latest data available from the UK Health Security Agency shows that up to October 3rd 2021, less than 10% of 12 – 15-year-old children had received a Covid-19 vaccine.
The decision of the four Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO’s), who include Chris Whitty the CMO for England, was expected, despite being controversial for various reasons.
Firstly, children rarely suffer serious illness due to Covid-19, let alone lose their lives, and it is known that the Covid-19 vaccines do not prevent infection or transmission, but instead only allegedly reduce the risk of serious illness and death due to Covid-19.
Secondly, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) had been unable to justify offering an experimental injection to children due to the reasons above, stating that the risk-benefit ratio was far too small for them to advise the UK Government to vaccinated healthy 12 – 15-year-old children.
Both the decision of Chris Whitty and his colleagues, and the Governments decision to implement it were unprecedented, as the JCVI’s advice has always been followed. The two reasons begs the question as to why the UK Government is so desperate to vaccinate children.
However, it looks as if Chris Whitty’s decision to overrule the JCVI may have fallen mostly on death ears when it comes to parents if the latest report released by the new UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) is anything to go by.