Kent mum drives her nine-year-old daughter 13 hours to Italy to get Covid vaccine

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A mum from Kent drove her nine-year-old daughter 13 hours to Italy to get the Covid vaccine.

Under-12s can only get the Covid jab in the UK if they are classed as clinically vunerable. More guidance is expected to follow.

Mother Alice Columbo told the BBC she made the journey with her daughter, who has Italian citzenship, from Maidstone to Milan to protect the “most precious thing in the world” and she wasn’t taking any chances with the virus.

“I’d rather risk a vaccine we know a fair amount about than take pot luck with a virus about which we know very little.” She told the broadcaster.

“Why would I not give protection to the most precious thing in the world to me, my daughter, rather than run the risk of her turning round to me in five, 10, 15 years’ time, saying ‘Mum, I’ve got heart problems, I’ve got brain problems, I’ve got lung problems, why didn’t you do all you could at the time to protect me’?”

Ms Columbo decided to drive 13 hours rather than come into contact with other peoples on a plane and airports.

The mum said she would like to see the vaccine rollout for under-12s in the UK as she expressed her sympathy for other parents.

She added: “I feel incredibly, incredibly sorry for all those other parents who share my opinion and would like to get their children vaccinated.”

Vaccination guidance for five to 11-year-olds will be issued in due course.

It will follow consideration of additional data relevant to this age group and on the Omicron variant, the UK Government has said.

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