A Tory MP has claimed that England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) should resign over his decision to introduce COVID vaccination to children without “good clinical reason”.
A controversy erupted on Monday after the government announced it would offer 12 to 15-year-olds a Pfizer jab from next week, following a decision made by the CMOs of each of the four UK countries, including Professor Chris Whitty of England. Gaya.
Yeovil’s Conservative MP Marcus Fisch reacted to the move in a tweet on Monday night, claiming Professor Whitty “doesn’t deserve the nation’s trust” because he called on him to step down.
Speaking earlier in the House of Commons, Mr Fish said he has “serious concerns about this policy and the fact that chief medical officers base their decisions on educational implications rather than the health of children at the clinical level.” have taken.”
In a previous ruling the JCVI, which looks at vaccination from a purely clinical point of view, concluded that the virus presents little risk to children and therefore a vaccination program would provide only modest benefit.
The CMO, who had come under significant political and media pressure to approve the rollout, told a Downing Street press conference on Monday that there were other benefits, including reducing disruption to the school period.
Professor Whitty told the news conference it was a “difficult decision”, but that the CMO would not recommend Jabs “unless we believe the benefits outweigh the risks”.
The first dose will be offered to three million eligible adolescents beginning next week as part of in-school vaccination services. Rollouts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not been confirmed.
The decline continued Tuesday morning amid concerns about the youngest children attending the program and parental consent.
People under the age of 16 are able to receive certain medical procedures without consent if they are deemed competent to make their own decisions.
This is checked by the so-called Gillick test, which assesses whether a child under the age of 16 has sufficient understanding and intelligence to understand what is being proposed.
If a child is not able to give consent for himself, consent must be sought from a person with parental responsibility.
Vaccines Minister Nadim Jahvi said children would only be able to vaccinate against their parents’ wishes after a meeting with a physician.
But Professor Anthony Harden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said he would not feel comfortable with a 12-year-old if his parents had not given consent.
Asked if the 12-year-old’s parents have not given consent, he could take up the offer of the jab, Prof Harden told BBC Radio 4. Today Program: “I wouldn’t feel comfortable about it.
“I think we have to be really careful that we go by the law, and the law clearly says that the child and the parent should try to come to an agreed-upon conclusion.
“But if the child wants to proceed or does not want to go ahead and the parent feels the exact opposite, the physician involved in administering the vaccine must be absolutely sure that the child is capable of making that decision.”
He continued: “There will be a grade of merit below the age of 16, so 14 to 15-year-olds can be considered competent to make decisions on their own,[but]it is less likely that a 12 or 13.” year shall be deemed competent.”
Mr Jahvi told Sky News: “On the very rare occasion where there is a difference of opinion between a parent and a 12 to 15-year-old child, where the parent, for example, does not want to consent, but does not want to give consent on 12 to 15 years. If a year-old wants to get vaccinated, the first step is that the doctor will bring the parent and child together to see if they can reach consent.
“If this is not possible, then, if the child is deemed capable – and this has been the case for all vaccination programs in schools since the ’80s – if the child is deemed capable, it is referred to as Gillick competence. is referred. , then the child can be vaccinated.
“But these are very rare occasions and it is very important to remember that the School Age Immunization Service is incredibly well equipped to deal with this – physicians are very well-versed in vaccinating 12 to 15 year olds in schools.”
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