Vaccination of 12-15 year olds

13 Sep 2021

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has published the following statement on the recommendation of extending COVID-19 vaccination to 12-15 year olds

Vaccination

Representatives from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Scottish Academy the RCGP, RCPCH, RC Psychiatrists and Faculty of Public Health were invited by the four UK CMOs to advise them, as part of their process for making a final decision and recommendation to their respective Governments on whether to extend COVID-19 vaccination to healthy 12-15 year olds.

This follows the suggestion from JCVI, agreed by health ministers, that the Government might wish to take further advice, including on educational impacts, from the Chief Medical Officers of the four nations.

In providing their advice Colleges were acutely aware how complex an issue this is and the range of views on the topic. However the general consensus from the College representatives was that there are wider benefits in vaccinating people in the 12-15 year old age group which augment the marginal health benefit to individuals identified by JCVI.

In essence these are in helping to reduce the potential disruption to the schooling of 12-15 year olds through COVID related infections, which is recognised to be detrimental to the well-being and mental health of all children but with a disproportionate impact on the most disadvantaged.

The four CMOs having considered advice from various sources made their recommendation to ministers that 12-15 year olds are vaccinated.

Medical Royal Colleges will support this decision and work to ensure that the vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds is rolled out as efficiently and smoothly as possible ensuring the highest possible uptake.

Category: COVID-19


Share this story:

Latest news and statements

Key priority areas

Workforce Recovery and Transformation
Health services in many parts of the world are over-stretched due to workforce shortages, rising demand for services and difficulties in retaining staff.
Read more
Wellbeing
A healthy healthcare workforce is essential for patient care. When the workforce is exhausted, experiencing burnout, and struggling to balance their work and personal lives, it impacts on everyone.
Read more
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to standing up for equality, diversity and inclusion. We want our College to reflect the diversity in the NHS workforce and in the patients that we care for.
Read more
Climate Change and Sustainability
Climate change has caused great harm to our planet and warnings of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding will all place a significant burden on our health outcomes.
Read more
Health Inequalities
The health inequalities in our society have been both highlighted and exacerbated by the covid pandemic. There is a need to do things differently.
Read more
COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of healthcare professionals, and the urgent need to learn whilemfocusing on delivering the best care for our patients has been an enormous challenge.
Read more

Topics


Archive


Key links



Contact us

rcpsg@grayling.com
07714307976

Log in

Log in to access your Dashboard, book events, pay your subscriptions and access eLearning material.

Log in

Register an account

New users must register before logging in. You do not need to be a member of the College in order to register.

Register

Help

Having difficulty registering or logging in? Forgotten your username or password?

Get Help