THE UK Chief Medical Officers' recommendation that 12 to 15-year-olds receive the Covid-19 vaccine has been a hot topic for News & Star readers.

The decision takes into account the impact of the pandemic on children’s education as well as the risks to their mental health from missing school.

The move means that around three million children could be eligible for the jab and comes despite the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) deciding not to recommend mass vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds.

News & Star readers have been reacting to the news, with some very much against it.

Demis Selmes was one of them.

She said: "The Joint committee on vaccination and immunisations recommendation was not to vaccinate 12-15 year olds.

"This report is on the website. The government have chosen to ignore it."

Paul Stephenson said: "Lambs to the slaughter."

Jay Smith said: "Why would you have your children vaccinated with something that is in an emergency trial with unknown long term side affects and that children aren't susceptible to serious symptoms let alone death?

"The vaccine does not stop transmission or infection either so what is the point in it?"

Others supported the idea.

Rachel Sharp said: "Delighted with this decision, just hoping the vaccine will be available to my Year 7 daughter who turns 12 in the next couple of weeks. She's keen too. The less disruption to her education the better.