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Depleted immunity, not Covid, is the real concern for kids

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Schools are seething with bugs right now. Nothing unusual in that: the return to the classroom in September always brings its share of coughs and sneezes. But this year, there’s only one bug that counts: the dreaded coronavirus.

As we know, children are at minimal risk from Covid. They are less likely to catch it and less likely to pass it on than adults. Neither are schools drivers of transmission. Teachers are at no higher risk from Covid than anybody else.

Yet, such is the panic about this particular disease, the Government has decided to begin vaccinating children aged 12 and over.

Nobody should be surprised about this decision, however. It was long in the planning. The vaccinators were appointed weeks ago, waiting in the wings, syringes at the ready.

Even the esteemed experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) weren’t allowed to get in the way.

When the JCVI refused to recommend the jab for healthy children, the UK’s four chief medical officers — including our own Sir Michael McBride — stepped in to provide the necessary approval.

This, I believe, is a new moment in........

© Belfast Telegraph

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