The government says it has introduced the first COVID vaccines in the country, but only for adults and babies under the age of six.
In an interview with the BBC, health secretary Andrew Lansley said there had been a “dramatic” rise in cases of COVID in the past few weeks.
“We have introduced the vaccines as a precautionary measure, to protect the public,” he said.
We are working with the World Health Organization and other international organisations to find out more about how effective the vaccine will be.””
And we want to make sure that the vaccine is effective and does not put people at risk.”
We are working with the World Health Organization and other international organisations to find out more about how effective the vaccine will be.
“The WHO has warned that children under the legal age of 6 may be at increased risk of COVS if the vaccine has not been introduced.
The WHO says there is no evidence that children younger than six years of age are more likely to develop COVID than those older.
But the Health Minister, Sajid Javid, told the BBC: “There is no question that the majority of people are at risk of infection.”
The Government is working with international partners and the WHO to find a way of introducing the vaccine for children aged six months and older, so that they can be protected from the virus.”‘
We are prepared’But there has been concern about the efficacy of the vaccine and the possibility of a spike in infections.
“There are reports of some people who have been exposed, particularly young children, having serious side effects from the vaccine, including pneumonia,” Mr Javid said.
“It is vital that all those who are vaccinated are given the best possible vaccine.”
The NHS in the capital London said the vaccine would not be introduced until September next year.
“The Government will be announcing this in the coming weeks, when we have finalised the vaccine schedule,” a spokeswoman said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “We are aware of the situation and will continue to work with the WHO and other organisations to establish the best way of delivering the vaccine to the public.”‘
A very worrying situation’The BBC understands there are fears about the safety of the vaccines, with some parents saying they have experienced a rash, fever, headache and diarrhoea.
A source in the Department for Health said there was a “very worrying situation”.
“We’ve been trying to establish a route forward for the vaccine,” the source said.