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Britain to expand vaccine to youths ages 16-17

The government's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam says the expanded rollout should begin within weeks

AP , Wednesday 4 Aug 2021
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The British government is accepting the advice of scientists to expand its coronavirus vaccination to ages 16 to 17.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid says in a tweet he'll accept the recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization for healthy youths ages 16-17 to be offered a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. He says he asked the National Health Service to prepare to vaccinate them ``as soon as possible.''

The government's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam says the expanded rollout should begin within weeks. The JCVI didn't recommend vaccinating under-16s without underlying health conditions, saying it will continue to review its advice.

Other countries in Europe, including France and Germany, are offering vaccines for children aged 12 and older.

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