NEIL Oliver has said that he will not allow his children to get the Covid vaccine on his GB News show after it was announced that 16 and 17-year-olds are to be offered a jag.

Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that the vaccine rollout should be extended to anyone aged 16 or over.

The Scottish Government then announced yesterday (August 7) that appointments for the age group can be booked this weekend and a full rollout will be in place across the country from Tuesday.

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Oliver, a GB News host, said that he and his wife will not allow their children to get vaccinated against Covid-19 "while we have breath with which to say no".

In the monologue, part of Oliver's GB News show, Neil Olver Live, he went onto say that it seems to him and "to many experts" that the threat from the vaccine to teenagers is "greater than the threat from the virus".

He then conceded that is how he understands "what I have read and [been] told by the Government's experts from the beginning".

The presenter then compared efforts to stem the spread of the virus to war, saying: "Essentially for me, it all boils down to one question. 

"Do I want to stand behind a wall of shields borne by children? My answer is no I don't. For me, there is no war into which I would enlist children, not for any reason.

"In my understanding of parenthood, indeed, of adulthood, the children stand behind us safe from potential harm for as long as possible, in the centre of a circle made of adults facing outwards. Adults, for whom the most precious gift on Earth is the privilege, the honour and privilege to stand between those children, and any possible danger. 

"Children can be brave, are often braver than adults. But this fight should not be theirs."

His rant on GB News comes after last week's monologue when he said that he would "cheerfully risk catching Covid" for the "sake of freedom".

In that monologue, he referenced the Battle of Britain when RAF planes defended against attacks from Nazi forces during the Second World War.

He then suggested that "there is another Battle of Britain" being fought against those choosing not to take the Covid vaccine and suggested the coronavirus lockdown was like "tyranny".

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From Tuesday, August 10 all drop-in clinics that offer the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine will open to 16 and 17-year-olds.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf (below) said: “I would urge all eligible young people to take up the offer of vaccination. You can find out where your nearest drop-in clinics are by visiting NHS Inform which will direct you to the latest information from your local health board – or through your local board’s social media channels.

The National: Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf speaks to the media after receiving his Pfizer vaccination jab for Covid-19 at Caird Hall, in Dundee. Picture date: Monday May 24, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SCOTLAND Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Jane

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“Our route out of this pandemic is getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, that is why I am urging young people to take up the offer of the vaccine by dropping into a clinic or by booking an appointment.”

At present, children over the age of 12 are only eligible for a vaccine if they have certain medical conditions which put them at risk from Covid-19 or teenagers who live with people who are immunocompromised.

It is understood that government officials are not ruling out vaccinations for otherwise healthy 12 to 15-year-olds but want to look at more information first.

In making its decision, the JCVI said that a number of factors have been considered but the most important element was the benefit of vaccination to the individual compared to any risks.