BREAKING: Chris Whitty and chief medical officers of UK APPROVE Covid jabs for over-12s.…
What's most interesting about their advice is:
🚨 children in most deprived areas hit most by loss of schooling
🚨 serious risk to mental and physical health over short term and long term from disruption to education
🚨 'competent' under-16s can get jab without parental consent
Key line from their advice: "It is essential that children and young people aged 12-15 and their parents are supported in their decisions, whatever decisions they take, and are not stigmatised either for accepting, or not accepting. Individual choice should be respected."
Crucially, CMOs consulted widely on the jab plan, with many Royal Colleges and public health chiefs all part of the process.
The advice today is narrowly applied too. Ie it will reduce spread in school community, there's deliberately no assessment on the wider community
🚨Calling all parents, here's the UK CMOs' letter in full:

Chris Whitty's Advice To Ministers On Why Covid Jabs Should Be Offered To Over-12s.…

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Chris Whitty just burned @nickiminaj for promoting untruths about Covid jabs and it was a beautiful thing.
Fair play to @BorisJohnson for saying "I am not as familiar with the works of @nickminaj as I am with the works of Nikki Kanani, superstar GP of Bexley [Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England], who will tell you vaccines are wonderful'
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Mic. Dropped.🎤
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Every Labour MP, @theSNP
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