Immunization experts are expected to work out a priority order plan of who should be vaccinated against Covid next.
Professor Adam Finn said the chairman of the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) had directed members to work out a priority order plan by mid-February of who should be vaccinated next.
He told Sky News: “JCVI will be discussing who should be prioritized next in the second phase of next month.
“As you can see, these considerations are more of a social value than the criteria we normally use of what constitutes pressures on healthcare.
“There are broader considerations when it comes to people with different professions and their relative importance to society.”
When asked about the position of teachers on this list, he said, “I cannot exactly predict what priorities will be set, but I can say that we will discuss this and work out a plan, and I can say that when it comes to it I think we all appreciate the vital role they all play and that is really going to play a role in the discussions. “
He said the introduction of the vaccine had already prevented thousands of people with the virus from being hospitalized.
The University of Bristol’s professor of pediatrics told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge, “It’s really too early to see any measurable effect from the vaccine, but we can predict that it is already preventing cases from just the number of people who have favourited I received the vaccine which is now approaching a million and a half people and the rate of infection that is occurring is really very high now.
“So there are certainly already thousands of people who have not yet been hospitalized and who will not die from this infection because of the program that started in December.”
He said the decision to postpone the period between the first and second vaccine doses was “a strategic judgment”.
He told Sky News, “This is not a normal time. We need to extrapolate the data we have received based on knowledge of many other vaccines and the human immune response and make a strategic judgment.”
“Because the truth is that this second, if you take a dose of vaccine that you would otherwise save to give someone as a second booster dose, and put it in the arm of someone who is not immunizing at all, you are starting to induce protection.” is person. And in the face of this rapidly growing epidemic, this is the imperative. “
When asked about people who abide by the rules of this lockdown, he said it appears that some are not as careful as possible in order to distance themselves socially.
He said, “My personal impression is that people may not be as careful as they could be to keep themselves well apart in the moment, which is a very compelling need.
“On the other hand, this last lockdown has only just begun, so the effects of the lockdown are likely to be visible in another week.”