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Covid: 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales could get jab before term starts

Covid: 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales could get jab before term starts




Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Wales could be เกมสล็อต offered a jab before they return to school or college for the new term,
the health minister has said.


Eluned Morgan said "in an ideal world", invitations would start going out in the next few days.


The UK Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI) has decided they will not need parental consent and would
receive the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.


Ms Morgan said "the right thing to do is to listen to the experts".


"We are hoping that we will be able to get this done, ideally, before they go back to their sixth forms, their colleges at
the beginning of September," she added.


The JCVI changed guidance earlier this week, meaning 1.4 million teenagers across the UK will be eligible.


Ms Morgan said: "There's around 400 years of experience around that JCVI table, people who really know what they're
talking about.


"So what they've done is they have looked at all the issues which could arise and we do have to appreciate that there
are lots of harms.


"It's not just about Covid - there are mental health issues, there are other issues."


She said the Welsh government needed to ensure pupils remained in school and to give at least a first dose of
the vaccine.


Laura Doel, director of head teachers' union NAHT Cymru, said it should not be the responsibility of schools and
teachers to encourage vaccine uptake.


"Vaccination decisions need to be based on the medical and scientific evidence and if the Welsh government says
that's what they're doing that's of course something we would support," she added.


"We do feel however that every parent has the choice to make that decision, and we don't feel that schools have
a role to play in enforcement or promoting that choice."

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