Should all UK teenagers be vaccinated?

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As of today, close to two-thirds of European countries plan to roll out their vaccination programmes to children aged 12 and over.

The UK government has in fact announced that they will be offering the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a over a million 16–17-year-olds across the nation.

It is with this step that the UK is edging closer towards the ranks of other countries such as the United States, Israel as well as France, who have all begin to vaccinate large number of its older teenage population.

In this side of the world there are currently 29 countries that have already commenced vaccination of children over the age of 12 and another additional seven countries that will be offering the vaccine to children with underlying health issues.

The US is currently at the forefront of vaccinations when it comes to the category of 12- to 15-year-olds and this accounts for close to 40% of this group receiving their first dose by the 2nd of August, as per the reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are also many people who are feeling sceptical about the need to vaccinate younger age groups as despite recent weeks showing a rapid rise in COVID cases within this particular demographic in comparison to the older population.

This is particularly true given the rise in the more transmissible Delta Variant which was first discovered in India.

Another factor that has affected this choice is the outbreaks that have begun taking place in schools. These instances are also believed to be the reasons for the much larger spread of the virus amongst other demographics as well.

Dr Julian Tang also believes that vaccinating the younger populations is keep to controlling the spread of the virus.

He said: “For the younger population… spreading the virus to those not yet vaccinated, together with long-COVID risks in those who are infected, and then the long-term community [and] social healthcare burden that goes with that becomes the main problem.”

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