'Unlikely that young children will need to be vaccinated'

It is “relatively unlikely” that young children will need to be vaccinated with Covid-19 coronavirus, one of the UK’s leading immunization experts said this morning.

However, it is still unclear whether older children need to be vaccinated by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee, according to Professor Adam Finn.

The point where a decision will be made may draw closer as the vaccination program lowers the age groups of those called up for the sting.

Professor Finn of the University of Bristol told BBC Breakfast: “I think we have to wait and see. At this point it is not clear whether we actually need to vaccinate children in order to achieve the population immunity that we need to maintain.

“If we do that, it will most likely be teenagers, and of course we need to clearly identify children who are at high risk of serious infections as they also need to be prioritized.

“I think it is relatively unlikely that we will have to immunize young children – preschoolers or elementary school children – but that remains a possibility, I think.”

Prof. Finn also said that a planned further relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions on June 21 is no certainty – and that “life will not suddenly go back to normal in June”.

However, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency said this morning that the lifting of all Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions next month “looks good”.

Yesterday in England people aged 32 and 33 could book the sting for the first time – and NHS England delivered its 50 millionth dose of the vaccine. More than 40% of adults have now had both bumps.

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