Let parents decide on Covid jab for 12- to 15-year-olds, say vaccine advisers

Boris Johnson is heading for a clash with backbench MPs over plans for mass vaccination of teenagers

Parents should choose whether they allow their children to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if ministers overrule scientific advice against mass vaccination of healthy 12- to 15-year-olds, the government’s independent vaccine advisers have said.

The government is set to push ahead with vaccinations for teenagers but Professor Anthony Harnden, the deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said on Saturday that it was “entirely up to parents” to decide.

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