Kate Garraway said it would be a difficult decision to vaccinate her children (Picture: ITV)
Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway has said she’s struggling to decide whether she would choose to vaccinate her children Darcy, 15, and Billy, 12.
The presenter described it as a ‘tough’ choice and that ‘sometimes parents worry about the individual’ when deciding whether their kids should get the jab.
It comes after Kate headed on the first outing with her kids since her husband Derek Draper was hospitalised with Covid last year.
Derek battled the illness in intensive care for a year after suffering from rare brain inflammation and the virus attacked his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. He continues to receive around-the-clock care.
Speaking to Dr Hilary Jones on the programme, Kate discussed comments made by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who questioned whether it is safe for children to be vaccinated.
Kate said: ‘[Sturgeon] didn’t feel there was enough evidence to make that decision and I think for a lot of people, actually myself included if I’m honest, it’s one thing to make a decision for yourself a vaccine based on what you think and it’s quite hard to make a decision on behalf of your children.’
Kate’s husband continues to receive around the clock care at home (Picture: James Gourley/ITV)
Dr Hilary replied: ‘Of course, Northern Ireland, as you probably know, are thinking of vaccinating 12-year-olds and above whether they’ve got pre-existing conditions or not.
‘America have been doing this and actually there’s millions of children who are capable of transmitting the virus particularly if they’re not vaccinated so there’s a case for vaccinating children.’
Kate replied: ‘In the public health, but I think sometimes parents worry about the individual.
‘We know vaccines are good for the country, we know it’s giving everybody a chance to get out and protect the majority of people but for the individual child it’s tough.’
Dr Hillary went on to say: ‘Children become older children and adults and they will become more vulnerable to the virus if it continues to sweep the world which it will almost certainly will, we’ll be living with it.
‘They will still become vulnerable in the future and since it’s a very safe vaccine it seems sensible to me to considering vaccinating 12-year-olds’.
Kate’s comments come after she enjoyed her first night out in 17 months, ever since the pandemic first started.
Sharing a selfie with her children at a show they were set to attend with Derek, Kate detailed the emotional evening, after she was earlier snapped on the red carpet.
Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.