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Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said there will be studies to ensure the Covid-19 vaccine is safe for children, adding that the government’s strategy would at some point turn into an endeavour to use vaccinations “to reduce the circulation of the virus within society”, instead of using it primarily to ease the burden on the NHS and prevent deaths as currently the case.
Asked if he thinks there will be a time when children will be vaccinated, he told BBC Breakfast:
Well, absolutely. As you know, most vaccines are given to children because most infections affect children early in life more than adults, so we’re used to using vaccines in children.
And we are in fact just embarking on several studies of these vaccines, initially in teenagers from the age of 12, and then younger children after that.
Mark Drakeford further said on Friday that the youngest pupils could begin returning to primary schools in Wales after the February half-term, subject to infection rates falling further.
When asked why this was earlier than in England and Northern Ireland, the first minister told BBC Breakfast:
Because the context is different. Today we have 175 people in Wales for every 100,000 contracting coronavirus. In England a couple of days ago the average was 350, and our 170 figure is falling every day, so you can see the context is very different.
We want to take advantage of that. Our children and young people have had a torrid time over the last 12 months, they are missing out on education every week.
Source: The Guardian
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