Children 'risk getting covid herd immunity through infection', says expert

A scientist advising the government has warned about the level of coronavirus circulating among secondary school students, as he has suggested that better access to vaccination centers may be needed.

Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said there was a risk that children in this age group could achieve herd immunity through infection rather than vaccination.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “There is a risk and it is not a good way to get herd immunity.

“Commentators would normally say that aiming for herd immunity with a natural wild-type infection is ridiculous as it brings disease and harm to children from both acute illness and potentially long-term Covid illness.”

When asked if parents in England should have more options to take children to vaccination centers, he said, “I think some flexibility would be great kids in vaccination centers.”

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