A University of Bristol professor has told BBC Breakfast it is ‘unclear’ whether people will need to get coronavirus booster shots every year.
Professor Adam Finn from the University of Bristol, and head of the Bristol Children’s Vaccine Centre, was appearing on the show on Thursday (December 2).
He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and said any annual jab would depend on how the virus changes.
Speaking on the BBC morning show he said: “It’s hard to say whether we’ll all need boosters indefinitely – it really does depend on how much further this virus can evolve.
“Just as with flu, the flu virus changes every year and we have to reformulate the vaccine and reimmunise people who are at risk.
“So, that could happen with coronavirus but whether it will require everybody to get boosters every year, well I think that’s really unclear at this point in time.”
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On the debate about whether five to 11-year-olds should start being jabbed, Professor Finn, said the main benefit of immunising children against Covid-19 is “the indirect protection of adults”.
He said: “The extent to which we can do that and protect adults by avoiding them being infected by children with the current vaccines is still quite uncertain.
“So, that’s the balance – we clearly want to protect children as much as possible and we’ve got good evidence now that this vaccine, even at a low dose, produces a really good protective immune response in children and produces many fewer side effects because of the lower dose.
“The question really is that should that be our focus right now or should we really be focusing on adults who are the ones that much more commonly get seriously ill.”
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