Norwich man asks about Covid vaccines for children at PM briefing

(left to right) Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Witty, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief

The government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance was asked about a potential need for Covid-19 vaccines for children by Matthew from Norwich. - Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The need for Covid-19 vaccines for children is "being looked at", according to the government's chief scientific adviser.

Sir Patrick Vallance said at a press conference on Monday there was "no evidence the virus is going to mutate to specifically affect children", in response to a question posed by Matthew from Norwich.

He said: "What may happen is more people become immune to the virus through vaccination, so the virus may try to escape the vaccine. That's a normal process.

"Over time it may be necessary to update the vaccines, and maybe every couple of years it might be necessary to have a slightly different vaccine for certain vulnerable groups.

"In terms of vaccines for children, that is being looked at. I expect to see more trials of vaccines in children in the coming months."

England's chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty added: "You'd want to be absolutely confident that a vaccine was highly safe for children, as children are at relatively low risk."

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