Children - England's top medic says Covid-19 transmission highest in children
January 24 2022
5:36 AM
banner-icon1 banner-icon2 banner-icon3



England's top medic says Covid-19 transmission highest in children

Story by

Story   Source

Published on September 23, 2021 3:46 AM
The highly transmissible Delta variant, now dominant in Britain, has made health officials around the world reassess how the pandemic is managed, and especially the impact of vaccines on transmission. It won't necessarily be in the next two or three months but they will get it sooner or later because this is incredibly infectious and because immunity wanes, we're not going to see a situation where it just sort of stops at a certain point
LONDON - England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Wednesday that Covid-19 transmission was currently highest in 12- to 15-year-olds, and that almost all unvaccinated children would get infected at some point.

All those in the 12-15 age bracket in England are to be offered a Covid-19 vaccine after Whitty and his colleagues said last week that children would benefit from reduced disruption to their education.

"There is definitely substantial transmission happening in this age group," Whitty told lawmakers. "In fact, the age group we're talking about is the one in which the highest rate of transmission is currently occurring, as far as we can tell."

Britain reported 34,460 new Covid cases on Wednesday, and has averaged over 20,000 new daily cases since late June.

Whitty said the vaccine advice focussed purely on the benefit to the children, and had not been made for political reasons or for the benefit of more vulnerable adults.

Although around half of children have probably already had Covid-19, he said, protection may wane and a vaccination programme would be less disruptive to schools than if the children caught Covid-19...