Oxford University launches Covid-19 vaccine study on children

Khairy Jamaluddin says vaccinations will be given based on appointments while Adham Baba says foreign workers in the frontline will get them too

Britain, which has recorded more than 120,000 deaths from COVID-19, was the first Western country to begin mass vaccinations in December, and is ahead of other European countries in rolling out the shots.

"In children, the evidence is now clear that COVID-19 is associated with a considerably lower burden of morbidity and mortality compared to that seen in the elderly", it said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Today's news will ensure all phases of clinical trials for new treatments are done in the United Kingdom, protecting our supply chain and securing the world's best treatments for NHS patients at a much faster rate. We think pharmacies are going to be integral to ensuring that Canadians get vaccinated against COVID-19".

Although children are generally at less risk of severe disease after contracting the coronavirus, a pediatrician and clinician-scientist at the Oxford Vaccine Group said that it was important to test the vaccine on children due to the negative effect of the pandemic on their education and emotional wellbeing.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam told ITV News it was "perfectly possible that we will have some licensed children's vaccines for COVID-19 by the end of the year".

It comes as 248,284 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Ireland as of Tuesday.

Some Massachusetts hospital leaders and physicians said they disagree with a plan by the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker to halt vaccine distribution to hospitals and primary care offices so they can place the focus on vaccination sites.

"Most countries give out vaccinations based on appointments".

Lawrence Fagan, of Toronto, waits for a flu shot at a Shoppers Drug Mart on October 7, 2020.

Whether scheduling appointments for first or second doses, people are asked not to double book appointments to help reduce no-show rates at clinics and to ensure appointments are available to those who need them. He said some communities of color are more likely to trust their physicians.

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