COVID-19 vaccinations for young children now expected to start later this month. The British Paediatrics Association is urging doctors to use “reasonable” measures to slow the spread of the virus, and to be vigilant about encouraging children to stay at home as much as possible.
Dr Kate Greenhalgh, president of the BPA, said: “We are making use of the guidance issued by the prime minister which advises all parents to follow social distancing regulations as well as health and safety precautions, in particular in relation to personal and cleaning procedures.”
“We believe that it should be the right of every parent, including those with young children, to make an informed choice about the best way to care for them in this difficult situation, and I commend and congratulate all emergency services, community teams and doctors for the excellent work they have done so far,” she added.
Dr Greenhalgh said the BPA would be keeping a close eye on the situation.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely. We have a number of questions in relation to the use of Zoom for meetings and conference calls with our members. I urge people to be mindful of the rights of UK citizens. We have a duty to protect our health and safety and to protect the rights of UK citizens. We need to ensure that they can stay healthy.”
“We believe that it should be the right of every parent, including those with young children, to make an informed choice about the best way to care for them in this difficult situation” – Dr Kate Greenhalgh, BPA president
She added: “We must support UK citizens in their right to remain at home and be as active as possible for as long as possible so that we minimise the impact of the coronavirus on UK families. This is an unprecedented time which requires huge efforts from everyone. It is crucial that children and their families are not left behind in this process, and that they understand that their wellbeing, the wellbeing of