COVID-19 vaccinations for young children now expected to start later than anticipated, prompting fears of a shortage of medical equipment
Doctors are being told to prioritise children over adults and to take care not to put a child’s life at risk if he should become ill.
The government has announced that the government guidelines for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines are to be updated “as the situation evolves”.
The announcement come as Dr Gernot Heuser, deputy chief medical officer, told parents that children could be put at risk by their parents’ handling of the pandemic.
He also cautioned parents against the use of their children’s bodies as vaccine shields.
Heuser said: “I’m telling the parents: we need to be patient and we have to use the right care, the right precautions.
“The guidelines we’re going to release in May, as the situation evolves, will be adjusted at the moment.
“The situation is fluid right now so, of course, you won’t be told as you’re reading this that there are strict guidelines on which to follow.”