The Daily Telegraph

Vaccinatin­g children

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sir – Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, attempts to justify the decision to vaccinate children aged between 12 and 15 by citing the benefits to their mental health, and the reduced disruption to schooling (report, September 14).

These “benefits” only exist thanks to the disastrous political decision to shut schools, and the Government’s use of fear tactics to scare the public into compliance with its Covid policy.

They have nothing to do with Covid directly: they are simply consequenc­es of bad government.

Alton Ainley

Fenny Compton, Warwickshi­re

sir – As an undergradu­ate at Edinburgh University Medical School, I was taught about the consent process. The main concept instilled into my thinking was the phrase

primum non nocere: “first, do no harm”.

This is particular­ly important when vaccinatin­g children where there is risk, albeit small, with no discernibl­e benefit for the individual.

Dr Stephen Swindells

Ripon, North Yorkshire

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