UK opts not to vaccinate most under-18s against COVID-19

On what some have called “Freedom Day”, marking the end of coronavirus restrictions in England, visitors follow as Yeoman Warder Barney Chandler leads the first tour of the Tower of London in 16 months since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, in London, Monday, July 19, 2021. Beginning Monday, face masks will no longer be legally required and with social distancing rules shelved, but mask rules will remain for passengers on the London transport network.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON — The British government has decided not to inoculate most children and teenagers against COVID-19 until more safety data on the vaccines become available.