Vaccinating 5 to 11-year-olds would reduce Covid hospitalisations and mortality in the UK by 60 per cent, a scientific paper has found.
The study, which is at the pre-publication stage at the medical journal The Lancet, found strong evidence for extending Covid jabs in younger children.
It said that if Covid vaccines are extended to 5 to 11-year-olds Covid hospitalisations and deaths would decrease significantly. Experts who wrote the report, which was funded by vaccine producer Moderna, found giving jabs to the younger age group would reduce Covid hospitalisations by 60 per cent, Covid deaths by 57 per cent and instances of long Covid by 75 per cent.
They also said vaccinating under 12s is expected to have “a greater population-wide benefit” than was observed in adolescents.
However, co-author Dr David Strain, the clinical lead for Covid services at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has said he is not yet convinced by the data, and wouldn’t want his children to receive the jab yet.