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Children as young as 12 become youngest to get Covid vaccine

KIDS GET JAB

A GROUP of kids as young as 12 have become the youngest to get a Covid jab.

They were given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for a national trial to test its immune response.

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The volunteers are being jabbed at sites at Oxford University, St George’s University Hospital in London, University Hospital Southampton and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Bertie Wood, 12, of Wallingford, Oxon, got his jab last week after persuading his parents.

He said: “I thought it would be nice to do my bit for science.”

While 260 will get the Covid vaccine, 40 others will receive a control meningitis vaccine.

Scientists hope they will see a similar immune response in children as in adults who get vaccinated.

Matt Hancock insists there will be 'quieter week' with vaccine rollout due to supply issues - but will bounce back in March

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