If you’re a parent or guardian, it’s only natural to wonder when your child or teen might be offered the coronavirus vaccine.
Especially since Canada has become the first country to approve the Pfizer jab for kids aged 12 to 15 – and reports say that youngsters in the United States will receive jabs soon, too.
Over in the UK, however, it appears there’s still a way to go yet, while clinical trials are underway.
Here’s what you need to know.
When do children under 18 get the Covid vaccine?
Right now, nothing’s set in stone – as the vaccine is still being tested for use on children.
But September onwards has been floated as a date when children will receive the vaccine.
NHS officials are reportedly drawing up plans to offer a single shot of the Pfizer vaccine to children over the age of 12 when they begin the new school year.
This is all dependent on clinical trial results and advice from scientists, though.
The Department of Health and Social Care said no firm decisions have yet been made in early May.
Last month, on April 20, the World Health Organisation wrote that it is not yet recommending the Pfizer vaccine for those under 16.
But things move quickly when it comes to coronavirus – so if or when this advice is reviewed, we will update.
When will young adults in their 20s receive the Covid vaccine?
Currently, vaccines are being offered to those aged 34 and over.
As well as extremely vulnerable people, are unpaid carers, who work in healthcare, or are otherwise classed as eligible.
But a new report from The Telegraph says that it’s hoped everyone in the 18+ category will be offered the vaccine from June 2021 onwards.
The report also states that the 30 to 33 age range will start receiving their appointments as early as next week (May 24).
However, officials have not yet confirmed these reports.
The government may be waiting to see how the vaccine rollout to over 18s in Blackburn plays out. The area has been sent extra jabs to help combat the outbreak of the Indian coronavirus strain in the area.
Anyone eligible can either wait to be contacted by their GP or visit the NHS website to book an appointment.
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