Covid: Babies could be given jab as it’s approved by MHRA

Vaccine advisers can now decide whether the jab should be offered out (Picture: Shutterstock/Focus-Bokeh)

Parents could soon be given the choice to vaccinate their babies against Covid after Britain’s health regulator gave the green light to a jab today.

A Pfizer vaccine for children aged six months to four years old has been authorised by The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

But Britain’s young won’t be offered the jab until the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) agrees too.

It’s uncertain whether they will do this, given children rarely get seriously ill with coronavirus.

The vaccine, also created by BioNTech, was deemed safe and effective based on an ongoing clinical trial involving 4,526 participants.

It has a loser dose than the one used for children aged 5 to 11 years old and would be given in three injections.

The first two jabs would be given three weeks apart, before a third dose is administered at least two months after the second dose.

It comes after American officials rolled out the same vaccine for the same age group earlier this year.

Data from the companies in August suggested it was 73.2% effective in preventing coronavirus among children aged 6 months to four years.

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