A spokesperson for NHS England said : 'The NHS regularly plans for how it would operationalise opening vaccines to more people so it is ready to extend the jab quickly when and if any decision is recommended by the JCVI. '
As with children aged 12 and above, parents can be fully assured that for any potential authorisation in this age group, the safety of the children would be our top priority."
According to a report in the Sun newspaper, leaked proposals suggest that health bosses are preparing to roll out the jab to children aged between five and 11 in the spring.
Asking parents for permission to jab kids as young as five is in the schedule.
A spokesperson said : "Extending the use of a Covid-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11 would only be authorised if the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness are met.
the jcvi has not yet to make a recommendation on second jabs for children in this age group who haven't been infected with the virus.
US health officials approved giving a third of a normal Pfizer Covid vaccine dose to five to 11-year-olds in early November, a move that means 28 million children in that age group will become eligible for a child-sized Covid shot.
This week, experts from the UK Health Security Agency said children aged 12 and over who have contracted the virus should not get a vaccine until 12 weeks later.
Deferring the jab could help to reduce even further the "very, very small" risk of heart inflammation after vaccination, the experts said.
The warning comes as Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that from tomorrow people aged 40 to 49 will be able to book their third dose of the Covid vaccine.
meanwhile, 16 and 17 who want a second jab.
While the Government is continuing to monitor a wide range of data to ensure the country remains protected, we have sadly seen a surge in cases in parts of Europe.
Vaccines minister Maggie Throup added to the calls for people to take up the booster.
“ Please get your boosters when eligible, and get your first and second doses if you haven't already, to secure vital protection during the winter to keep you and your loved ones safe. ” Bookings for a third jab can be made five months after the second dose, with vaccination taking place after six months.
Among those getting their third jab was ITV morning host Lorraine Kelly.
New data last week strengthened the case for the importance of the booster.
secret plans being drawn up which will see covid jabs being rolled out to children as young as five in the coming months.
The US has already started vaccinating children as young as five, and Israel is expected to do the same within days.
But the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( MHRA ) has said 'expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness ’ must be met before expanding the vaccine rollout to under-12s.
additionally, the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation must also needs to approve the rollout.
England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said the the MHRA hadn ’ t even started looking at data for jabbing under-11s.
he told a press conference that the decision on rolling out the vaccine to younger cohorts would depend on the evidence presented.
a senior source told the publication : 'top secret plans reveal what is at stake if we are to achieve a meaningful victory over covid.
'It is controversial, but will help us reach our goal. '
the source added that the plans are open to change, many scientists support the idea of vaccinated young children.
Following the Sun's report, health officials said they regularly plan for how to roll out vaccines quickly according to the latest expert advice.
It is feared that Covid will continue to pose a threat until 2024, meaning health officials are considering new ways to protect Brits.
At present, vaccines are not being offered to any child younger than the age of 12.
'It will depend entirely on the data that are presented to the independent regulator and the independent scientific advisory committee. '
The group advised ministers against jabbing 12 to 15-year-olds because children face such a tiny threat from Covid.
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