Last night Members of Parliament listened closely as The Minister for Vaccine Deployment, Nadhim Zahawi gave a statement to the House on vaccinations for 12-15 year-olds.
Earlier that day the chief medical officers recommend that all 12-15-year-olds should be offered one dose of Pfizer vaccine to help reduce disruption to their schooling this winter.
Zahawi confirmed that the Government would follow the guidance and advise from the CMOs, JVCI and MHRA and approve the rollout of vaccinations to 12-15 year-olds.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Winchester’s MP, Steve Brine concerned over the availability of information said; “Parents like me and our constituents will have many, many questions asked of them by their children, probably at bedtime. What will be their route for answering those questions? Where will they get the information? Just saying that the MHRA is the best regulator in the world will not cut it with my daughter. Will people be able to have conversations with their family doctor? At the moment—let’s face it—that is quite challenging.
Can the Minister guarantee that we will be able to ring up and have a real-life conversation, not with an answerphone but with our family doctor, to ask questions about the very, very big move announced today?”
The Minister responded saying; “I can reassure him that the information provided through the school-age vaccination programme infrastructure will be made available both online and as hard copy—in leaflets—so that parents have all the information that they need, as well as the ability to consent; and, of course, that information will also be available to the children.”