The report said: “Given the increased mixing patterns, difficulties in maintaining physical distance and poor adherence with face coverings, this approach has double the impact of vaccinating those over the age of 12 (73 per cent vs 26 per cent respectively).”

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.

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