Scientist calls for school children to be vaccinated as Covid surges among teens
A scientist advising the Government says it is time to start vaccinating children as the new variant takes hold in schools.
Professor Peter Openshaw says he has come to the view that jabs for young teenagers may be needed to get on top of Covid-19.
It comes as the Delta variant, formerly known as the Indian strain, continues to drive cases up across the country, particularly among the unvaccinated young.
Lockdown measures were due to expire on June 21 but it looks increasingly likely the Government will delay the move for between two and four weeks in response to rising case rates.
New data released by Public Health England on Friday revealed almost three quarters of all Covid-19 cases in the UK are now linked to the variant first identified in India.
The group with the most variant infections is people aged between 10-19, followed closely by 20-29 and then 30-39.
According to the data for the most recent four-week period, there have been 144 Covid outbreaks involving the Delta variant in schools, 0.6% of all primary and secondary schools nationally. Continue reading….