Martin McKee, professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of Independent Sage, said he did not believe annual coronavirus vaccinations would be given to people in the future.
He told Times Radio: “I suspect what we are going to find out is that over the next few years we will have a few different variations of the vaccine and then it will probably be adequate. So obviously, the youngest should be vaccinated as they pass through the population. “
Professor McKee added that he believed it was important to immunize children from a “population” perspective because of the need for 87% of people to be vaccinated in order for there to be “immunity.” of the population ”against the virus.
“Twenty percent of the population is under 18 and there is a higher proportion in some communities, so it seems obvious from a population perspective,” he said.
“I think the folks at JCVI, who look at this from an individual child and risk / benefit perspective, are less enthusiastic about vaccinating children, but I am a public health physician. From the point of view of the population, it is very clear that we need to immunize children.