UK paediatricians have expressed alarm about a “shambolic” vaccine rollout for children, saying doctors were being “left in the dark” about plans for the programme and unable to answer questions from patients.
Doctors and school leaders have called for clarity on how the rollout will operate, as scientific advice to the government warned significant school resources may be required. The decision on Wednesday to announce that the rollout would be extended to all over 16s is understood to have caught some NHS leaders off-guard.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said there were still no plans in place to vaccinate vulnerable 12- 15-year-olds, even though an announcement had been made extending the jab to healthy people over 16.
Dr Camilla Kingdon, the RCPCH president, said: “The rollout of the vaccine programme for adults has been incredibly impressive, but for children and young people it has been frankly shambolic. This is the second announcement around vaccinations for children or young people in the last three weeks, but we still haven’t seen detailed plans for rollout of the first.”
Kingdon said parents and paediatricians had been “left completely in the dark about how and when children and young people will be invited for vaccination”. She said: “There has been no information to parents and none to young people themselves, and that creates confusion and, for some families, real worry.”
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