Responding to the JCVI’s recommendation on vaccinating younger people when they or members of their households are at severe risk from Covid-19 infection, Dr Penelope Toff, BMA public health medicine committee co-chair, said:
“This new guidance is welcome and we now await further details from NHS England on how these vaccines will be given, so people should not contact their GP just yet.
“It is vital that those eligible include adolescents living in multi-generational households and communities, particularly in more deprived areas where we know older and vulnerable family members are at greater risk of severe illness.
“We also hope this will further encourage adults who are already eligible to come forward and take up the offer of vaccination and to ensure they have their second dose.
“We are glad to hear that the JCVI will continue to keep this guidance under review and are still considering whether the benefits of vaccinating all adolescents might outweigh any potential risks, particularly with cases rising exponentially and concerns about pressures on the health service and increasing numbers of people with long Covid”
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