Wales is to offer Covid vaccinations to all children aged between 12 and 15, the Government has announced.

Eluned Morgan, minister for health and social services, told a Government briefing in Cardiff that she had accepted the advice of the UK’s chief medical officers to offer jabs to children.

The rollout of the vaccination programme will begin next week.

Ms Morgan said: “You will remember last week the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation considered the question of vaccinating all 12 to 15-year-olds and advised against a universal vaccination programme.

“However, it did recommend the chief medical officers should look at the wider health and wellbeing benefits of vaccination for this age group.

“After careful consideration, the chief medical officers have recommended offering children and teenagers in this age group the vaccination based on public health grounds, saying it will help to reduce the disruption to their education.

“Today I have accepted this advice and we will now begin preparations to invite 12 to 15-year-olds who have not yet been vaccinated to have a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine."

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Vaccinations will be carried out in a blended mixture of mass vaccination centres and in some school settings, with invitations set to be sent out next week.

Children will mainly attend mass vaccination centres with their parents accompanying them.

Upon attending, they will be given the pros and cons of receiving a vaccine, and it will then be up to parents and children together to decide whether they want to proceed with the vaccine.

The process in schools will follow a similar method to other immunisations in schools.

In scenarios where children wish to have the vaccine but their parents do not consent, the Gillick test will be carried out by clinicians.

Children under the age of 16 are able to get some medical procedures without parental consent if they are deemed competent to make that decision on their own, such as receiving contraception.

The Gillick test assesses whether a child under the age of 16 has sufficient understanding and intelligence to understand what is being proposed.

If a child is not competent to give consent for themselves, consent should be sought from a person with parental responsibility.

Ms Morgan added that her Government is making every effort to ensure the information given out is "child friendly".

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