Peter Andre says children should not be forced to get coronavirus vaccine

Peter Andre has spoken out against children being forced to have the Covid vaccine and called on the Government not to put pressure on parents.

The Mysterious Girl singer, 48, said he "definitely" doesn't think children should have to have the Covid vaccine as he made his opinion on the matter very clear in his latest New! magazine column.

The comments come in response to news that parents of 12 to 15-year-olds will get an official letter asking for consent to give their children the jab.

Father-of-four Peter wrote: "I have discussed this with the kids and I do think things like this should be a joint discussion and a decision between the parents and children.

"I definitely do not think it should be mandatory for children to be vaccination and I'm so glad it isn't."

Peter is dad to Junior, 16, and Princess, 14, who he shares with ex Katie Price. He also shares Theodore, 4, and Amelia,7, with his doctor wife Emily.

The singer did go on to discuss the pros and cons of the jab, adding: "At the same time I also wouldn't want it to stop them travelling or pose any problems for them if they don't have it, and it obviously does have its benefits."

He also questioned why the Government intended to give his kids jabs when the chance of them getting seriously ill from coronavirus is highly unlikely.

He said: "It's reported that kids will get Covid vaccinations from August. I'd be OK with my kids having the vaccine, providing there is some end goal we felt was beneficial for them.

"Where I'm confused is if all adults will have had the jab by then, why would kids need it?"

His NHS doctor wife Emily, 32, contracted the deadly bug last year and the pop star tested positive in January of this year.

Despite his views on children getting the jab, Peter shared a video of his wife getting the vaccine earlier this year and urged everyone to help each other.

Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered one jab, while some are being offered two if they have an underlying condition or live with someone likely to get infections.

45.4m people are now fully vaccinated in the UK in a bid to fight against the deadly bug.

And while boosters will now be given to frontline workers, over 50s, and young people with underlying conditions, the government want more young people to get the jab.

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout started back in December 2020 and since then, over 49 million Brits have received their first dose.

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