WHY NEW JAB GUIDELINES FOR OVER-12s MAKE SENSE
LAST week, the Government announced recommendations that have sparked concern among many of my patients – especially parents. New guidance states that children over 12 shouldn’t get their Covid jab if they’ve had the infection in the past three months. Waiting for the jab at least three months after infection is said to protect against a potentially serious side effect – inflammation of the heart, or myocarditis. I want to reassure you: this doesn’t mean the jab is unsafe for children. It is an overly cautious approach, taken to protect a vanishingly small number who could be at risk. The risk of getting the condition from the jab is nine in a million – and in most of the cases seen, the problem disappears within a few days. The decision is based on evidence from other countries showing the condition is more likely to occur with a shorter interval between two doses. It also makes sense, given that teens who’ve been infected will be most likely be protected anyway. This cautious approach will offer the biggest benefit, while keeping the risks of harm to virtually nothing.