The Daily Telegraph
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.
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