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Walk-in vaccine clinics for schoolchildren will be unveiled within weeks in an effort to speed up the jabs rollout. The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Ministers are planning to launch the scheme for to- year-olds shortly. It comes amid concern that the Government has been far too slow in rolling out the vaccination programme in schools.
Sources also claim the new clinics are an attempt to keep anti-vaxxers away from the school gates. Last night, there were fresh calls to speed up the vaccination of teenagers after an analysis of official figures by The Mail on Sunday found almost half of new Covid cases in England are now Housewives looking real sex Exeter the unders. When schools went back early last month, 33 per cent of new cases were in that age group. But by the second week of this month, the proportion had grown to 46 per cent.
Teenagers now make up the lion's share of infections in the unders. Walk-in vaccine clinics for schoolchildren will be unveiled within weeks in an effort to speed up the jabs rollout stock image. Because cases have been rising, in absolute terms the of new infections in unders is not far off having doubled since early September, rising from about 9, to almost 15, a day. Hospital consultant Dr David Strain, who led a recent Exeter University study looking at how jabbing teenagers could help protect others, said the increase was 'really quite scary' and showed the teen vaccination campaign needed to be ramped up rapidly.
If it was not, he warned, older relatives of infected children would die needlessly of Covid. Just 15 per cent of toyear-olds in England are now vaccinated, up from Dr Strain said teenagers acted as a 'viral reservoir' — that while they rarely became seriously ill with Covid, they inevitably spread it to older family members.
He added: 'In our study, we anticipated six weeks or so of infections rising in children and adolescents after they started mixing. Then there would be an uptick of cases in overs. Our next concern is that this [spread to older age groups] is going to cause hospitalisations to rise. Although 94 per cent of overs are double-jabbed, Dr Strain said this left ificant s unprotected, while there were 'hints of waning immunity' in the already vaccinated — hence the need for the booster campaign. He said nobody wanted to see children grow up with the guilt of passing Covid on to a family member who got seriously ill.
According to data released yesterday, more than 3. Across the UK, More than Some 43, daily cases of Covid were recorded yesterday, up by Care home providers however have raised concerns that the rollout of booster jabs to staff has been too slow. One provider said employees who happily took the first two jabs are refusing the top-up one. They said one reason is because staff 'don't want to have to do three to four jabs a year' but added that the nature of the rollout is also not driving demand.
The Department of Health last night declined to release figures on how many care home staff had taken up the booster jab. New daily Covid cases are running at double the rate they were at this time last year. The of people hospitalised with the virus each day has, on average, been higher so far this autumn than last. And rates of new Covid cases — and deaths — are much higher here on a per capita basis than they are in Germany and France. But while there have been calls from some quarters for tighter curbs to stop Covid's spread, there's no widespread clamour for them.
In fact, Ministers are quietly confident that this winter will be nothing like as bad as last, despite persistently high infection rates. There are three Housewives looking real sex Exeter for this. First is the hugely successful vaccination programme.
This time last year, only a few thousand people in this country had received a Covid jab — those inoculated as part of a clinical trial. So there was virtually no vaccine-induced immunity. Indeed, last October no one knew whether the vaccines — produced at record-breaking speed in the UK, Germany and the US — would work.
It was nearly Christmas before the NHS Covid vaccination campaign began, with grandmother Margaret Keenan, then 90, getting the first jab on December 8. Now, among people eligible for vaccination — aged 12 and over — Among the overs, who have ed for 49 in every 50 Covid-related deaths, rates are even higher, at 96 per cent for single dose and 94 per cent for two doses. This has 'weakened the link', to paraphrase Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, between Covid infections, serious disease and death.
In fact, of the 51, Covid-related Housewives looking real sex Exeter in England in the first six months of this year, The second reason why high infection rates are no reason to panic — one closely related to vaccination — is that many more people now have protective antibodies. Last October, only 4. By this August, that had soared to That rise was due mainly to vaccination, but also to rising naturally acquired infection. People with Covid antibodies are far less likely to become infected. And if they do, they are Housewives looking real sex Exeter less likely to suffer serious Covid illness.
Last autumn, Covid infections were spread relatively evenly among different age groups. Now, infections are concentrated in children, teens and young adults: so far this October, almost half of new infections have been in unders. The brutal truth is that advancing age is by far the biggest risk of serious Covid illness and death. This is persistently pointed out by Sir David Spiegelhalter, a statistics guru at Cambridge University.
Last year, he calculated the risk of death among unvaccinated people who catch Covid 'doubles for each six years older, all the way from childhood to old age'. Age 'overwhelms' all other factors — such as sex, ethnicity or even health conditions — he said.
But because most now getting Covid are young — four in five cases this autumn have been in unders — we can be confident that the overall burden of serious disease will be far, far lower than last winter. The pandemic, however, appears to be running hotter in Britain than in France, Germany, and Italy. Partly this is a result of more intensive testing in the UK: Germany, for instance, recently dropped free testing for most people. But it is also hotter in real terms — with about Covid-related fatalities a day in the UK, our death rate is more than double that in those three countries.
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