A leading scientist who is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) who advise the government is not convinced that children need a vaccination.
Professor Calum Semple does not believe there is enough evidence to support vaccinating children.
He told BBC Breakfast in a personal capacity,that he doesn’t believe there’s enough evidence to support vaccination.
Professor Semple said, “The risk of severe harm to children is incredibly low. Vaccines are safe, but not entirely risk-free.
“From the position of personal health harm, the balance, I think, has not swayed positively one way or the other.
“I’m not convinced the evidence base there is strong enough to support vaccination of children because we don’t have complete safety data for the vaccines that we would want to use.”
He added that prioritising children’s health versus their education is “very, very nuanced.”
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), around 43% of primary school parents and 53% of secondary school parents said they would allow their children to have the vaccine.