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UK to begin rolling out COVID shots to all children ages 5-11

A child receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a Clalit vaccination center in Katzrin, Golan Heights, on December 16, 2021. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)
A child receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a Clalit vaccination center in Katzrin, Golan Heights, on December 16, 2021. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)

All children aged five to 11 in England will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine, the UK government says, following similar announcements in the rest of the UK.

Until now, Britain has only been vaccinating at-risk under-12s and those who live with immuno-suppressed people, using a lower-dose formulation of the jab that was found to be “safe and effective.”

However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid says he has now accepted guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, which advises UK health departments, to expand the rollout.

Hours earlier, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Scotland would also start jabbing five to 11-year-olds, while Wales unveiled the same policy the previous day. Northern Ireland also followed suit today.

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