All vaccine centres in England should be offering jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds as standard to boost the sluggish uptake in the age group, an expert has said.
Russell Viner, professor of child and adolescent health at University College London, said the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine was being delayed by the fact that many centres do not jab younger teens.
He also called on Boris Johnson to front a coronavirus press conference for young people to drive home the message that they should get vaccinated.
And he said the Government should make use of “peer type influencers”, including on social media platforms such as Instagram, as well as potentially recruiting “vaccination champions in schools, trying to get other kids to step up and want it”.
In England, only 49.2 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds had received a first dose of the vaccine as of 3 January. In Scotland, the figure for the end of December stood at 64.4 per cent. Figures are not available for Wales and Northern Ireland.
Parents have reported struggling to find vaccine centres to get their child a jab before the start of term. Not all centres offer 12 to 15-year-olds jabs because they are not set up to handle issues of consent, or lack the necessary child safeguarding paperwork.
Professor Viner, who is a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said the variation had to be ironed out.
Read more: SAGE ‘professor’ demands use of ‘peer type influencers’ to increase fake vaccine uptake by the young, including on social media platforms such as Instagram, as well as potentially recruiting ‘vaccination champions in schools, trying to get other kids to step up and want it’. No mention of all the young people around the world that have been killed or maimed for life by the fake vaccine. But, of course not. Why would he demolish his own argument?