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Health minister confirms Covid booster for over 50s and jab for 12-15 year olds in Wales

14 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Health Minister Eluned Morgan. Picture by the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government have confirmed that healthy children aged 12-15 in Wales will now also be offered a Covid-19 vaccine.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan also confirmed that a booster jab will be rolled out to everyone in groups 1-9 – that is, residents in a care home for older adults, staff working in care homes for older adults, health care workers, and everyone over 50.

Children will be vaccinated in mass vaccination centres and schools, and parents will have to consent to their children getting the jab, she said.

Both programmes will start next week.

Eluned Morgan also said that she was “particularly worried” about pregnant women in Wales who have not been vaccinated.

She told a press conference: “Vaccination has made a real difference to the course of this pandemic – it has prevented many thousands of people falling seriously ill and it has prevented many, many deaths in this delta wave.

“We have very high rates of vaccination in Wales – thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in our fantastic programme.

“But there are many people who could be vaccinated who have not yet had a vaccine.

“We are particularly worried about pregnant women who haven’t been vaccinated and would urge them to speak to their midwife about having the vaccine.

“It’s never too late to be vaccinated in Wales. Please, if you haven’t already, come and get your vaccine and when your invite arrives, come and get your booster.”

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Gruff Meredith
Gruff Meredith
12 days ago

There is a moral duty by parents and all citizens to protect children, young people and everyone else from any experimental Covid-19 vaccine. We have no way of knowing what potential harmful effects could result from the taking of these vaccinesThe vaccination of healthy children 12-15 also goes against the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) who do not recommend COVID vaccines for healthy 12- to 15-year-olds. And according to numerous experts such as Doctors for Covid Ethics, none of the vaccine trials have provided any evidence that vaccination prevents transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by vaccinated individuals.… Read more »

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
12 days ago
Reply to  Gruff Meredith

Yawn….another flat earther covid denier ☹️. The ‘vaccine’ isnt experimental’ – its been approved for use in the same way all the other vaccines we get are approved. And the only reason the nhs hasnt collapsed as a result of the highly transmissable delta mutation of the virus, and the only reason we have been able to return to some sort of normality, is thanks to the vaccines. And here are some ‘facts’ : The vaccines have saved over 100,000 lives in the uk and prevented over 20 million covid 19 infections https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/covid-vaccines-saved-112000-lives-uk-deputy-medical-officer-says-2021-09-14/

Last edited 12 days ago by Leigh Richards
Gruff Meredith
Gruff Meredith
12 days ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Approved for emergency use is not the same as being fully approved. The vaccines are experimental by definition as they will remain in Phase 3 trials until 2023. At least 40% of UK hospital admissions are alleged to be from vaccinated people. Giving out these experimental vaccines, especially to children and young people, goes against the most basic scientific precautionary principle

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
11 days ago
Reply to  Gruff Meredith

It’s standard practice for vaccine safety monitoring to continue after a vaccine has been approved https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN2AC2G3

Gruff Meredith
Gruff Meredith
11 days ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Usually after the initial three phases of trials have been completed. But the vaccines have been approved under emergency use only in most countries – they are still in their trials until 2023 and therefore still experimental by definition. If adults want to take experimental vaccines that is their choice but there is no need to push them on healthy children

Mark
Mark
12 days ago
Reply to  Gruff Meredith

Dick heads like you are a bigger problem than any vaccine.

hdavies15
hdavies15
12 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark, and Leigh, just remember this is really an argument about freedom of choice. Where it falls down is when folk like Gruff catch the bug and don’t feel an ounce of responsibility about transmitting it to others. No qualms either about presenting at hospital and demanding top drawer expensive treatment. “I’ve paid my N.I and taxes” they protest, but we all have a duty to mitigate our risk and prospective liability i.e the demand on services already stretched too far. If he and his kind just kept out of pubs, shops, factories etc where they are likely to catch… Read more »

Gruff Meredith
Gruff Meredith
12 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

According to numerous experts such as Doctors for Covid Ethics, none of the vaccine trials have provided any evidence that vaccination prevents transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by vaccinated individuals.

Between 40-60% of those hospitalised appear to have been jabbed which raises some serious further questions.

Please have a further read: https://doctors4covidethics.org/covid-vaccine-necessity-efficacy-and-safety-3/

We have to keep this to a rational, civilised debate. It’s about people’s health – children who are not yet old enough to make an informed choice especially – not point scoring:

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
11 days ago
Reply to  Gruff Meredith

There’s nothing ‘civilised’ or ‘rational’ about the lies and disinformation being spread by covid denying anti vaxxers like you. These lies and disinformation about vaccines are literally killing people 😢 https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.yahoo.com/amphtml/misinformation-killing-people-heres-truth-192014448.html

Gruff Meredith
Gruff Meredith
11 days ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

This divisive polarised ‘othering’ of people with a different opinion and a science based pro-choice approach is worrying.

It might be an idea not to religiously follow the false narratives, fear and pre-packaged name calling and labelling being constantly pumped out by the corporate driven mainstream media and to spread your research far and wide before making your own decision – and accept the rights of others to make theirs

Shan Morgain
11 days ago
Reply to  Gruff Meredith

Grudd M says “We have no way of knowing what potential harmful effects could result from the taking of these vaccines”. That is true – in the long term. Possibly many years ahead when vaccinated people are ageing we may discover unforeseen side effects of the vaccines. Even if that happens though, in the situation now, the balance of impact is that vaccines are saving thousands of lives, and millions from becoming very ill. That includes long-Covid which is months of serious illness. All that death and illness would, as well, wreck our economy. The evidence is clear that vaccines… Read more »

Gruff Meredith
Gruff Meredith
11 days ago
Reply to  Shan Morgain

I’d respectfully not agree with this conclusion. Adults can make an informed choice about whatever vaccine or substance they may want to take or not but here we have authorities trying to push an agenda of giving an experimental jab to healthy children that really don’t need it. It would be highly unethical and unscientific to vaccinate children who are at such low risk from COVID-19 with any experimental jab. As stated by The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisationchildren, children are at such a low risk from the virus that there was “insufficient” evidence to offer mass vaccination to… Read more »

Shan Morgain
11 days ago

Thank heavens we live in Wales for this and so many other reasons.

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