Health officials are drawing up plans to offer the Pfizer vaccine to secondary school pupils from September.
“Core planning scenario” documents compiled by NHS officials include the offer of a single dose to children aged 12 and over when the new school year starts.
The plans, which have been confirmed by sources within the government and the NHS, depend on advice due this summer from scientists on the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation. But officials are preparing for a rollout in schools. A source said: “No decision has been made yet but we are drawing up planning materials for the different scenarios.”
Professor Adam Finn, who sits on the committee, said the decision would depend on rates of the virus over the next few