Are you letting child have the vaccine?

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GiveMeAUserName123 Wed 25-Aug-21 21:55:03

I was just wondering if you have a child/ren between the ages of 12-16, that don’t have any medical conditions, or live with family members that are more at risk, will you be letting them have the vaccine?

My eldest will be turning 12 in the winter and I imagine will be given the choice to have it. I don’t think I want her too (I’ve had mine) but obviously it’s her body and her choice which is something that is held in high regard at home, so won’t voice against it, but if she does choose to have it, is she too young to decide something like this, as I’m not sure a child could really understand the full risk/benefit side of things.

How are you feeling about it in general?

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frozendaisy Wed 25-Aug-21 21:59:49

12 yr old here, yep he's having it unless he puts up a fight not to (unlikely). I'm more concerned about our 10 yr old not having an option.

DentonsFringeArnottsWaistcoat Wed 25-Aug-21 22:02:21

It isn’t available to 12-15 year old unless they are CEV or live with someone CEV….

Wellbythebloodyhell Wed 25-Aug-21 22:04:10

As things stand 12-15s that aren't CEV or living with an immune suppressed family member won't be offered the vaccine so this a hypothetical situation not a real life decision

Terminallysleepdeprived Wed 25-Aug-21 22:04:47

Dd is 8 and as soon as they ok it for her age group she will be having it. She is vulnerable,she cannot be around anyone who has had the live flu vaccine for 48 hours as flu could put her in icu. So yes, the miniscule risks far outweigh the benefits of keeping her alive.

Howshouldibehave Wed 25-Aug-21 22:05:54

I suspect it will be offered to 12-15 year olds pretty soon-especially if covid rates sky rocket when schools open. My DC are very keen to have it, yes.

jackstini Wed 25-Aug-21 22:09:22

I have a 15 yo and 12 yo
They are determined to have it ASAP
Some vulnerable people in family but mostly just for the greater good


Howshouldibehave Wed 25-Aug-21 22:09:32


As things stand 12-15s that aren't CEV or living with an immune suppressed family member won't be offered the vaccine so this a hypothetical situation not a real life decision

Not terribly hypothetical.

Wellbythebloodyhell Wed 25-Aug-21 22:10:46

@Howshouldibehave oh a headline in the Telegraph it must be true hmm

MrsBlondie Wed 25-Aug-21 22:11:22

15 year old son and nope don't want him getting it

rainbowllama Wed 25-Aug-21 22:12:12

Absolutely. My DC are both extremely keen to have it.

Nomorefuckstogive Wed 25-Aug-21 22:12:47

Yes. Surely it’s less harmful than the virus itself? And will offer protection from the virus? Anything that offers protection from Covid and it’s possible long term health implications is vital for my family and me.

Nomorefuckstogive Wed 25-Aug-21 22:12:57


Woolver23 Wed 25-Aug-21 22:13:01


15 year old son and nope don't want him getting it

As soon as he's 16, it will be his decision whether to have it or not.

stairway Wed 25-Aug-21 22:13:19

I will leave it up to my 12 year old but I’d advice him not to have it. There was an article on the bbc website which kind of suggested getting natural immunity was better for this age group.

CarrieBlue Wed 25-Aug-21 22:13:59

11yo and 14yo and hell yes they’ll have it as soon as they can.

halfwaythrough2 Wed 25-Aug-21 22:14:30

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frozendaisy Wed 25-Aug-21 22:15:39

This is of course if/when he's offered it.

My thoughts as his parent is that we (myself and his dad) put our faith in medical experts hands and happily trust that the JCVI are far more transparent, knowledgeable and have our children's health at far more importance than anti-vax nutjobs on the internet. And I want our children to have faith in medical bodies as they traverse their lives and not go down conspiracy rabbit-holes and end up using crystals to cure hernias or whatever it is next.

So yes if it gets approved and offered we have no hesitation. We (his dad and I) know our opinion on a vaccine really means jack against expert considered voices.

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Nikki360 Wed 25-Aug-21 22:18:17

My youngest is 11 and no I would absolutely not allow her to have it. Children thankfully are not as affected by Covid. The vaccine doesn't stop you getting or transmitting covid. The most vulnerable in society have already been vaccinated. It's a new vaccine no long term studies done.

AlexaShutUp Wed 25-Aug-21 22:21:10

Mine is 16 so it isn't really a case of whether or not I let her - she is old enough to make her own decision. She has already had the first jab fwiw, and will have the second as and when they decide she is allowed one.

NannyOggsward Wed 25-Aug-21 22:21:47

It’s a hypothetical as not offered yet? DD will be12 in a month and no I won’t be encouraging her to have it.

dilly123 Wed 25-Aug-21 22:22:21

Definitely not

bumbleymummy Wed 25-Aug-21 22:22:41

No x 2.

Watapalava Wed 25-Aug-21 22:25:54

If it was few months earlier i'd have encouraged my teens to get it purely for holiday passport and not having to have pre-departure tests

To me, the vaccine is only about convenience.

I neither care or worry about them catching covid and wont vaccinate on that basis given it's still in 'experimental stage' at the moment

If it was for social reasons (venues etc) then i would but not for 'nothing'. Their covid risk is minimal and lower than vaccine - jcvi have even said that

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