P-06-1187 Offer a Covid-19 vaccination to clinically vulnerable children
This petition was submitted by Lucy Williams, having collected a total of 347 signatures.
Text of Petition:
The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination has been approved in the UK for use in children age 12-16. However, the vaccination isn't being offered to any children in that age bracket.
Children who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are more at risk of hospitalisation and death from Covid-19 than the general child population.
We want the Welsh Government to offer the vaccine to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable children in that age group.
Evidence suggests children neurodevelopmental disabilities are at serious risk of hospitalisation and death from Covid-19. These include those with cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome and severe learning disability. https://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2021/01/04/archdischild-2020-321225
In the whole population those with a learning disability had a higher rate of death from Covid-19 than the general population.
In March this year the charity, Contact carried out a survey of 3000 families, which found
86% of parents with disabled children have been offered a Covid-19 vaccine; 2 in 3 were offered as unpaid carers.
70% want their shielding or disabled children to have a Covid-19 vaccine when it has been licensed for use in children.
1 in 10 would like access to a Covid-19 vaccine unlicensed right now, but only 3 in every 200 parents that try have been successful in getting it unlicensed.
The Committee noted that all health boards are now inviting children age 12-17 to be vaccinated, and that the actions called for in the petition are now happening. The Committee agreed to congratulate the petitioner and close the petition.
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It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 01/11/2021.
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Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 19/10/2021