Asked how the race for everyone to get vaccinated should be stepped up with the ability to distribute the vaccine to younger individuals so that they have some protection, Prof Walport said, “The vaccine doesn’t get you. not give immediate protection, it takes at least about two weeks after the first dose to start to have an effect.
“Vaccination alone is not the instant miracle solution”
He added that the race between the virus and vaccinations has just intensified, however.
Professor Adam Finn of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization also spoke about vaccine protection on BBC Breakfast and said: “The first vaccine takes a while to provide protection.
“Giving the young people in Bolton their first vaccine won’t really help the situation there as they won’t get any protection for about a month.
He continued, “We want to be able to boost people who have received the first doses a little earlier so that they are well protected in the short term by this second dose.
“With this rapidly emerging strain that could lead to a third wave sooner, we predicted that this earlier booster is the right thing to do.”