ritish children will only be given Covid-19 jabs if they are vulnerable, it has been reported.

Ministers are said to have decided against the mass vaccination of children and will instead only off jabs to 12 to 15-year-olds who are vulnerable or who live with vulnerable adults.

They will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The government’s plan is expected to be announced on Monday.

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Freedom Day: The Government are ‘putting their foot down on the accelerator and throwing off the seatbelts’, says Ashworth

The shadow health secretary accused the Government of “putting their foot down on the accelerator and throwing off the seatbelts” ahead of so-called Freedom Day.

Jonathan Ashworth said the Labour Party did not oppose the full unlocking on Monday but that they wanted “to proceed with caution”.

“The problem with people getting pinged and having to isolate is that that is a symptom of increased transmission in society,” he told Sky News.

“We know the virus is climbing again very steeply but what you’ve got to do is put measures in place to break transmission chains.

“Instead of that, we’re about to have Freedom Day tomorrow, where the Government – Sajid Javid and others – are effectively putting their foot down on the accelerator and throwing off the seatbelts.”

Mr Ashworth added that “precautionary measures” such as continued mask wearing and sufficient sick pay were not being implemented.


Lib Dem leader condemns Boris Johnson: ‘It is one rule for them and another rule for everyone else’

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has condemned the way Boris Johnson has been able to escape quarantine despite being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

In a statement, Sir Ed said: “It is one rule for them and another rule for everyone else.

“How about the school teachers, transport workers and health workers getting a chance to be part of this test pilot or is it only for the privileged few?

“People have stuck to the rules and done the right thing, Boris Johnson is taking them for granted.”


Jonathan Ashworth: Many people will be dismayed by the ‘special exclusive rule’ as Sunak and Johnson will not self isolate

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said many people across the UK would be dismayed by the “special, exclusive rule” after it was announced that both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor would not have to self-isolate.

“There will be parents across the country who have struggled this year when their children have been sent home because they were in a bubble and had to self-isolate,” he told Sky News.

“There will be workers across the country that have to isolate because they’ve been pinged, including in public services, including the NHS.

“For many of them, waking up this morning to hear that there is a special rule, an exclusive rule, for Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, they will be saying that this looks like one rule for them and something else for the rest of us.”


Angela Rayner criticises Johnson and Sunak for not self-isolating

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has criticised the Government as it was announced that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak do not have to self-isolate despite being contacted by NHS Test and Trace after Sajid Javid tested positive for Covid-19.

She wrote on Twitter: “Sorry for the unparliamentary language but this just takes the p***.

“Not following the rules that they created and which they expect my constituents to follow.

“This Government treats the public with contempt and think they are above the law and that the rules don’t apply to them.”


Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak ‘pinged’ after Javid diagnosed with Covid-19


Long covid sufferers to benefit from £19.6 million research investment

Long Covid sufferers are set to benefit from £19.6 million worth of new research programmes into the condition, the Government has announced.

The suite of 15 new research studies, backed by Government funding through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), are aimed at helping to better understand the condition, improve diagnosis and find new treatments.

The new research projects will allow researchers across the UK to draw together their expertise from analysing long Covid among those suffering long-term effects and the health and care professionals supporting them.


Ministers wait to learn if they face ‘freedom day’ in quarantine

Ministers and officials across Whitehall are waiting anxiously to learn if they will have to isolate on so-called “freedom day” after it was confirmed Sajid Javid has Covid-19.

The Health Secretary announced late on Saturday a full PCR test had confirmed the result of an earlier rapid lateral flow test that he has contracted the virus.

It could potentially mean a swathe of ministers and senior officials will be confined to their homes when lockdown restrictions in England finally end on Monday.

Downing Street would not comment on suggestions Boris Johnson could be among them after he was reported to have had a lengthy meeting with Mr Javid in No 10 on Friday.


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