High Court is asked to pause Covid jab rollout for kids

High Court is asked to pause Covid jab rollout for kids

THE High Court has been asked to pause the rollout of covid vaccinations for healthy children as lawyers argue more checks are needed to ensure they are safe.

A judicial review has been brought by lawyers at Jackson Osborne which applied to Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice for an urgent order to challenge the temporary authorisation of the vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds which begins as part of a mass school rollout on Wednesday (September 22).

A decision about whether there is an arguable case and, if so, should the rollout be paused until the case can be heard, is expected on Tuesday (September 21).

The challenge, which will present evidence from experts, doctors and scientists, will argue there is no legal, moral or medical justification for children to receive the covid jab. It will also argue the vaccine is novel and comes with associated risks such as potentially deadly heart inflammation ‑ myocarditis.

Stephen Jackson, the lawyer who is spearheading the case said: "This vaccine has been authorised for emergency use but the emergency is long over and for children there has never been an emergency. 

"Healthy children do not benefit from this vaccination as children are not at risk from covid however they are at risk from its serious side effects such as paralysis (guillain barre syndrome) myocarditis and potential long term effects which we cannot yet know about.”

Last week England’s Chief Medical Officers authorised the use of Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds after significant political and media pressure to approve it. 

Three million healthy 12 to 15-year-olds will today be offered the first dose as part of in-school vaccination services. A second dose has not been approved due to concerns about the risk of heart damage.