Coronavirus update: Live briefing to be held on jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds
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The UK's four chief medical officers will hold a live briefing and press conference at Downing St at 4pm today about the decision to offer 12-15-year-olds covid vaccines.
The UK's four chief medical officers (CMOs) say their decision to recommend Covid jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds takes into account the impact of the pandemic on children's education as well as the risks to their mental health from missing school.
In their advice to the government, the UK's CMOs say the Delta variant of coronavirus can be very effectively transmitted by mass spreading events.
They stated: "Having a significant proportion of pupils vaccinated is likely to reduce the probability of such events, which are likely to cause local outbreaks in, or associated with, schools.
"They will also reduce the chance an individual child gets Covid-19.
"This means vaccination is likely to reduce (but not eliminate) education disruption."