A source close to the Health Secretary later insisted that the final decision would be for JCVI experts.
On Friday night a director of public health in one of the areas worst affected by the Indian variant, Blackburn with Darwen, called for teenagers to be given jabs as soon as possible to help stifle outbreaks.
However, Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the JCVI, suggested that vaccinating children might primarily benefit wider society, rather than the recipients themselves.
“In terms of being to their benefit, it’s either a health benefit or an educational benefit,” he told The Telegraph.
“The health benefit is pretty marginal because most people get very mild illness.
“The educational benefit might be for those doing exams, and maybe those going into further education.
“So that will be weighed up against the possibility of children transmitting to adults to protect other adults by immunising children, but the trouble with that is an ethical question about safety.”
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