According to sources spoken to, children could start the Covid vaccine as early as August the daily telegraph.
The paper said “two sources involved in the preparation” say that those under the age of 18 could be the quickest to get the sting.
That schedule would be months earlier than expected – and before a final official decision about vaccinating children is made.
Still, the claim was made the top story on the newspaper’s website tonight, Tuesday March 23rd, as a sign of the weight the newspaper is putting behind the reveal.
Oxford University last month expanded its vaccine study to include children and security data from it is expected soon, reports the Telegraph – with conclusions due in June or July.
At the time, Andrew Pollard, Professor of Pediatric Infection and Immunity and Chief Investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Study said, “While most children are relatively unaffected by coronavirus and are unlikely to get the infection, it is important to have the safety and immune response to the vaccine in children and adolescents, as some children may benefit from vaccination.
“These new studies will expand our understanding of the control of SARS-CoV2 to younger age groups.”
In January, Israel began vaccinating 16-18 year olds against Covid-19 to enable them to take exams.
Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s best-known infectious disease expert, said it might be necessary to vaccinate children to achieve herd immunity.
Proponents argue that this will reduce the spread of infection – however, there are concerns about vaccinating children when they are at low risk and the safety data for the vaccine is still at a relatively early stage because it is so new.
The latter point of view was voiced online of some within minutes of the story being published, with some readers voicing their shock at the plans.
The Telegraph has calculated that it is possible that the majority of the 11 million school-age children could be vaccinated before the fall semester if the plan goes into effect.
However, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Welfare said “no decisions have been made about whether children should be offered vaccinations”.
The news comes on the anniversary of the UK’s first lockdown.
Speaking at a press conference on Downing Street tonight, the Prime Minister said: “At the right moment, we as a country will come together to erect an appropriate and permanent memorial to the loved ones we have lost and to commemorate this for the entire period.
“Month after month, our collective battle against the coronavirus was like a battle in the dark against a calloused and invisible enemy until science helped us turn on the lights and get the upper hand.”
After being asked if eradicating Covid-19 was a government goal, he said that after many months of listening “carefully” to scientists, eradicating Covid-19 “made no sense to just one country in a globalized economy makes”.
Professor Chris Whitty said the chances of eradicating the virus anywhere are “as close to zero as it makes no difference”.
He added, “I think if you speak to someone who is really serious about this and understands how infectious diseases work, I don’t think there is anyone out there who is realizing out of the UK or worldwide eradication for an extended period of time realistic perspective holds at this point. “
Sir Patrick Vallance agreed and said the goal was to keep the number of infections as low as possible.
He said, “Don’t expect this to go away. Expect infections to recur, especially in winter, and this becomes a circulating virus like others have done for thousands of years.”
Sir Patrick said the chances of “true extinction” were “very close to zero”.