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BMA chief says 12-year-olds should be allowed to overrule their parents on decision to get vaccine

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BMA chief says 12-year-olds should be allowed to overrule their parents on decision to get a Covid vaccine because they ‘have enough maturity’ – but admits jabbing teens will only cut infections by 20%










Dr David Strain said children can consent to get the vaccine

Dr David Strain said children can consent to get the vaccine

Children should be able to overrule their parents to get the Covid vaccine, a BMA chief has claimed.

Dr David Strain said 12 to 15-year-olds have ‘enough maturity’ to decide for themselves whether to get the jab.

The co-chair of the medical body added that rolling out doses to the age group could cut the spread of the virus in schools by 20 per cent.

Britain’s four chief medical officers are set to announce whether 12 to 15-year-olds should be offered vaccines by Friday, reports Playbook.

Last week the JCVI told the Government to seek advice from elsewhere whether children should be inoculated.

They said the virus posed such a low risk to children that the benefit to their health of immunisation would be marginal. But they did not consider societal factors such as the closure of schools sparked by the virus. 

It comes as experts fear England will see a surge in Covid infections within days as children return to school last week and this week. 

Dr Strain, who is also clinical lead for Covid services at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, told LBC Radio: ‘A lot of children aged 12 have enough maturity in order to make a decision themselves, although it’s not the same for every child.

‘Doctors and nurses are trained to be able to evaluate them and deem them competent.’

He added: ‘Vaccinating children will reduce the spread of the virus in the population by about 20 per cent.’

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