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Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and professor of child health and outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, told Sky News “it’s a really close call” on whether children should be vaccinated.
“Children still are not at risk of severe disease, even taking into account the multi-inflammatory syndrome, which is also rare, and long Covid – they’re much less at risk of severe disease,” he said.
“So if there was to be a push to vaccinate them, it’d be a case of vaccinating them to reduce transmission in the community, rather than primarily to protect them.
“And we’ve still got a much greater impetus to vaccinate the adult population, particularly those sectors of the adult community which are harder to reach, are hesitant about being vaccinated.
“An ethical and moral question could then be raised that, if we then have vaccine left over, it would still be better to probably send it to other countries where they are in greater need of the vaccine and where more lives are likely to be saved by it. So it’s a really close call as well.”
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