The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is expected to recommend extending Covid vaccines to older teenagers
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Vaccine experts will give a press conference this afternoon as Covid jabs were expected to be offered to 16 and 17-year-olds.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam is expected to lead a Downing Street press conference at 3.30pm.
He will be accompanied by Professor Wei Shen Lim from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which issues advice on jabs to the Government, and Dr June Raine from the UK medical regulator.
The JCVI is expected to give the green light to extending Covid vaccines to older teenagers.
Boris Johnson is expected to approve any recommendation from the JCVI.
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The move marks a shift from the decision last month to only vaccinate children over the age of 12 with certain health conditions or youngsters who live with someone who is immunocompromised.
Universities minister Michelle Donelan said earlier that ministers were likely to back whatever the JCVI recommends.
She told Sky News: “At every stage throughout the pandemic we’ve adopted their advice on this.
“They are the experts, of course, when we’re determining the vaccine rollout and we’ll await their imminent announcement shortly.”
The UK medicines regulator has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 and over.
It is already being used in children in other countries.