HEALTHY teenagers are still not in line for Covid vaccines after Government advisers refused to decide on the rollout.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has signed off on jabs for 200,000 more high-risk children but will not recommend them for all 12 to 15-year-olds.
JCVI chiefs said vaccines only offer a "marginal" health benefit to children without long-term illnesses so it was no longer a scientific decision.
They have passed the buck to Professor Chris Whitty and chief medical officers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The medical officers will take into account other factors – such as overall immunity in the population, infection rates and possible school disruption – before they decide whether to vaccinate teenagers.
The move will spark a row among scientists and politicians who are fiercely divided over the issue.
Some insist children will suffer with severe infections and long Covid if they don't get jabs, while others warn there are risks to getting vaccinated that shouldn't be taken by people who won't benefit from a jab.
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