The Mirror has a scoop this evening: Keir Starmer has come out in support of the Government’s plans to vaccinate healthy 12-15 year-olds and says he’d vaccinate his own 12 year-old.
Keir Starmer has revealed that he would give his 12 year-old son a Covid jab if the vaccine to younger secondary children gets the green light.
The Labour leader said he was in favour of everybody having the vaccine “if they possibly can” to help curb the spread of the virus.
The Government’s top scientific advisers will make the final decision on jabs for the U.K.’s four million 12 to 15 year-olds within days.
Ministers are then expected to “press the button” on the NHS roll-out as quickly as possible to get needles into pupils’ arms.
With millions of secondary school children now back in the classroom in England and Wales, the Government increasingly concerned about a spike in Covid infections in coming weeks.
Ministers have confirmed that parents of 12 to 15 year-olds will be asked for consent before their children are given a Covid jab – although a loophole exists that could mean youngsters have the final say.
In an interview with the Mirror, Mr Starmer said: “Only one of our children falls into that bracket but I am in favour of everybody having the vaccine if they possibly can.
“Therefore if the advice is for that age children to have it, we would follow that advice.”
The Labour leader also urged ministers to speed up the booster process with the elderly given a third jab as soon as possible.
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Typical Starmer. Just when you think there’s a glimmer of hope that the Leader of the Opposition might actually, you know, oppose the Government, he rolls over and invites Boris to tickle his tummy.