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Matt Hancock: Government working out a potential plan for children and vaccines

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Credit: Sky. Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock has said the UK Government will be coming up with a plan for potentially immunising children in the coming weeks.

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MATT HANCOCK: We're taking advice currently from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunizations-- the experts in this-- on the right approach to putting that into practice. Now of course, for the time being, as of today, we're vaccinating people aged 30 and over. Next week, we'll move to opening up vaccinations to the under 30s who are adults.

So we've got a few weeks yet until we come out with a plan for exactly how and if we take this forward. But we know that the vaccine both protects you and helps stop you transmitting. And I want to protect education as much as anybody does. You know, I'm the father of three school-aged children.

And so making sure that we don't have those whole bubbles having to go home and the isolation, especially as we saw over the autumn for instance, you know, that has big upsides for education. And I think it's very reassuring that the regulator has come forward to say that the vaccine is safe. That's in respect to the vaccine in young people.

In terms of the impact of the virus on young people, it is very, very rare that people-- that young people are affected very negatively. There is some long COVID amongst children. And also, crucially, they can pass it on. And that means that they have to isolate if they test positive and then the whole bubble has to isolate and you get all that disruption to education that we don't want to see.