MPs demand more evidence of benefits for youngsters

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Campaign group UsforThem says the recommendation of the UK’s four chief medical officers (CMOs) on children’s jabs is not satisfactory. More evidence must be made available so parents and children can make an informed choice, says the group, whose call is backed by MPs including Esther McVey, Sir Graham Brady and Philip Davies.

The group urged the Government to set out how informed consent will be obtained in schools – and demanded a guarantee that all children will be treated the same regardless of vaccination status.

Molly Kingsley, co-founder of UsforThem, said: “A large part of the UK’s vaccination rollout success stems from the work of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). [But] the JCVI did not recommend that children under 16 should take the vaccine and the CMOs have taken a different view.”

Members of the JCVI supported the rollout of jabs to children. Their review looked only at health factors and found there was a “marginal” benefit, but not enough to recommend a univeral programme. They called for a wider review that would consider societal factors.

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