Commissioner’s response to Chief Medical Officers’ announcement

13 September 2021

Responding to the UK Chief Medical Officers’ decision on 13 September to recommend offering the vaccine to young people aged 12 and over, Professor Sally Holland said:

“I welcome the fact that the Chief Medical Officers have now reached a decision and that our own chief medical officer for Wales has confirmed that children’s rights played a central role in the decision-making in Wales.

“My message to Welsh Government and to the Chief Medical Officer has been about the importance of simple, clear, and accessible information. It needs to help children and their families understand the reasoning behind any decision, and how children’s wide range of human rights have been considered, including of course their rights to health, and education. It also needs to clearly explain the benefits of the vaccine alongside any risks and any other critical information they will need to make an informed decision.”