Giving booster vaccines to young people would make a “big difference” in bringing down Covid transmission in the UK, a top government adviser has said.
Boris Johnson’s government is currently focused on increasingly the take-up of booster jabs among the over-50s and clinically vulnerable Britons most at risk from coronavirus.
But Professor Neil Ferguson – who sits on the government’s Sage sub-committee – said expanding the booster programme to younger adults would significantly cut Covid transmission.
“I see no reason why we shouldn’t be rolling them out younger age groups once we’ve got through the priority groups – the over 50s and the clinically vulnerable,” the leading epidemiologist told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Prof Ferguson added: “Our modelling – modelling of a group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – suggests that yes, it could make quite a big difference to driving transmission down to low levels.”
There are currently no plans to give boosters to adults under the age of 50. Any decision the expand the programme would be made by scientists on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).