Jabs are now being offered to anyone over 18 (Image: PA)
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Teenagers aged between 16 and 17 are set to be offered a Covid jab before going back to school in September, it has been reported.
Ministers are said to want to rollout jabs for the younger age group for the first time and the plan could be approved within weeks.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approved the Pfizer jab for 12 to 15-year-olds earlier this month, having already approved it for all over the age of 16.
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation member Professor Adam Finn also said inoculating kids could be justified to prevent school closures that would disrupt their “education and social development”.
Currently anybody aged over 18 is eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, and across the UK there have been nearly 43 million first doses given and more than 31 million double doses.
Over a million Covid jab appointments were booked over the weekend
Now, reports say that young teens could be the next to join the queue and be offered the coronavirus vaccine.
A Whitehall source told The Sun : “Subject to approval from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, we have the capacity and willingness to push on to this important age group.
“Late teens are some of the most socially active members of society so if we can cut that transmission, it can only be a good thing.”
It is said that officials had looked abroad and seen positive data for the benefits of vaccinating younger people, and there is enough supply of Pfizer and Moderna to vaccinate teens by the "end of August".
It comes after more than a million vaccine appointments were booked in England on Friday and Saturday as the NHS opened its inoculation programme to anyone aged over 18.
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Manchester Royal Infirmary’s Oxford Road Campus was among the many places where queues formed.
At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London, club legends Ossie Ardiles, Ledley King and Gary Mabbutt were on hand as the ground became a pop-up clinic.
The club screened Euro 2020 matches as people waited and hoped that being jabbed would lead to gaining more freedom this summer.
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There is increasing pressure on ministers to relax travel restrictions.
On Wednesday, 800 staff from airlines and holiday company TUI will march on Westminster to call on Boris Johnson to add tourist hotspots to the green list for quarantine-free travel.
Manchester Airports Group chief of staff Tim Hawkins said: “We’re really concerned we are facing a summer with the prospect of so little traffic.
“Over a million jobs rely on the aviation industry in the UK. We hope ministers listen to these concerns."