In the UK secondary school pupils will reportedly be offered Covid-19 vaccinations from September under plans being developed by the NHS.

Health service officials are compiling planning documents, which include a measure to offer a single dose of the Pfizer jab to children aged 12 and older when the new school year starts, according to The Sunday Times.

Pfizer has said trials of its vaccine in children aged 12 to 15 showed 100% efficacy and a strong immune response.

The plans, which the Times said it had confirmed with UK government and NHS sources, are contingent on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) due this summer.

Committee member Professor Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol, told The Times: "We need to be in a position to immunise children, particularly teenagers, promptly and efficiently if we need to.

"It is extremely important that education in the next academic year is not disrupted in any way," the paediatrician said.

But he added: "We should only be doing vaccine programmes when we need to do them."

While children are unlikely to fall ill with Covid-19, they do play a role in transmitting the virus.


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Prof Finn said on 24 April that children had been frustratingly "left behind" in the Covid-19 vaccine programme, adding he wanted to "get on" and conduct the necessary trials in children.

Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden hailed a nightclub pilot event in Liverpool as a "huge moment" in the UK's return to normality. Some 3,000 clubbers returned to the dancefloor at The First Dance, hosted by club night Circus, without social distancing or face coverings on Friday.

A former chief scientific adviser to the Government warned, however, the potential for coronavirus cases to "reignite" remained as many adults were still unvaccinated.

Professor Mark Walport, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), told BBC Radio 4's Today programme yesterday the country was on cusp of being able to loosen more restrictions.

But he warned that, with around 35% of adults not yet vaccinated, there was the potential for the "spark to reignite" and cases to rise again.

New data revealed that up to 30 April, nearly 15 million people in the UK had received a second dose of coronavirus vaccine.

The government figures showed that that of the 49,287,257 jabs given in the UK so far, 34,346,273 were first doses and 14,940,984 were second doses.

The government said a further seven people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of yesterday, bringing the UK total to 127,524.