Chris Barnes reflects upon the controversies of choice and consent in childhood vaccination

In the context of a global pandemic, questions surrounding vaccination of children have never been more pressing or more prone to inspire controversy. In many countries, covid-19 vaccines have already been approved for children as young as five. In the UK, vaccination is recommended for all children aged 12 years and older and for children aged 5-11 at serious risk from the complications of covid-19, or who live with family members who are immunosuppressed.

Recent data continues to suggest vaccines already deployed are safe and effective for children, as for the population as a whole. With the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine having been approved for use in children aged 5-11 by the MHRA, the question of universal child vaccination remains ...

Chris Barnes
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