Trust the Science?! Children must wait 12 weeks after catching Covid before getting jabbed
In the latest episode of You Couldn't Make This Up, Covid Edition...Children should wait at least 12 weeks after catching Covid to get their jab, Britain's vaccine advisory panel have recommended.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said there is evidence the longer gap reduces the risk of myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation reported in a small number of children after vaccination.
A quick summery: Children who have already recovered from Covid should still get the Covid vaccine, despite being at risk of myocarditis because of the jab, which is to stop them from getting ill from the illness that the have already recovered from...so best wait 12 weeks between Covid and the jab. Hmm!
This change to guidance only applies to healthy children aged 12 to 17, who previously only had to wait a month after infection to get jabbed.
The four-week gap remains the advice for adults over the age of 18 and children extremely vulnerable to Covid.
Twelve to 15-year-olds are still being offered just one dose of Pfizer's vaccine while officials monitor myocarditis rates in other countries.
But as of this week, 16 and 17-year-olds can now come forward for the second jab after the UK's regulator decided the benefit of the jabs 'clearly' outweighed the risk.
The UK Health Security Agency estimates half of secondary-aged pupils have already had the virus.