Sheffield residents react to COVID jabs offered for five to 11-year- olds

17 February 2022

The government have announced children aged between five and 11 in England will be offered a low-dose Covid vaccine.

The official scientific advice claims the Pfizer/BioNTech jab would help protect the “very small” number of children who become seriously ill with Covid.

Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, says the rollout will be “non-urgent”, with an emphasis on parental choice.

Children are at a much lower risk of becoming severely ill from a Covid infection, so the health benefits of vaccinating them are smaller than in other age-groups. Also, many children could have some protection if they have already contracted the virus.

Sheffield residents shared their thoughts with ShefNews on the governmental decision.

Written by Florence Hill

Student journalist at The University of Sheffield

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