Inoculating youngsters aged 12 to 15 against Covid is ‘quite worthless,’ according to Professor David Livermore.
He told MailOnline that instead of one vaccination dosage, they will gain higher immunity from natural illness.
Covid vaccinations operate by instructing the immune system to recognize and combat the infection.
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In the midst of a debate over the UK’s decision to vaccinate 12-year-olds, a scientist warned today that catching Covid spontaneously may provide ‘greater’ immunity than receiving one dose of the vaccine.
Professor David Livermore, a microbiologist at the University of East Anglia, argued that inoculating children, who have such a low risk of being very ill from Covid, was “quite worthless.”
He told MailOnline that they will most likely develop greater immunity to the virus, similar to how people develop immunity to other seasonal infections.
Covid vaccinations function by teaching the immune system to recognize the virus and equipping it with the tools it needs to combat it in the future.
However, some studies have found that vaccine-induced immunity fades after six months, while others have found that patients who have recovered from the virus are protected for at least a year.
According to one Israeli study, those who receive the vaccine are 13 times more likely to contract Covid than those who have already recovered from an illness.
Professor Chris Whitty and the other chief medical officers in the United Kingdom recommended Tuesday that children aged 12 to 15 should be given a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. If considered ‘competent,’ children will be able to override their parents’ wishes to be vaccinated if they so desire.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has stated that whatever decision families make, they must be supported, and that ‘no one should be stigmatized’ for refusing vaccination.
It comes as the JCVI said today that anyone over the age of 50 should have a third dose of the Covid vaccine six months following their second dosage.
Scientists are split on whether 12 to 15-year-olds should receive the Covid vaccination, with some SAGE members earlier supporting the measure, believing that it would help prevent an outbreak later this winter.
Others, however, have claimed that immunizing the age group would be unethical because millions of individuals in poorer nations are still waiting to be vaccinated.