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Obese kids must get Covid jabs amid rise in hospital cases, warns children’s doc

OBESE children should be among those prioritsed for a Covid vaccine because they are at risk of intensive care, a doc has warned.

Kids very rarely get seriously sick with the virus, but Dr Ruchi Sinha suggested those carrying extra weight were more likely to.

Kids carrying exra weight should be prioritised for a Covid jab, a doc has said

Kids carrying exra weight should be prioritised for a Covid jab, a doc has saidCrédito: Alamy

Dr Sinha, a paediatric intensivist at Imperial College NHS Trust, told the APPG on coronavirus today: “We’ve seen a lot of obese children with Covid-19 that have ended up in intensive care.

So I do think that we should be offering the vaccine to those children who are vulnerable and likely to suffer.

I think vaccinating children is not going to stop transmission, it’s not going to stop escape variants – nothing is – so actually it’s all about the risk to the child themselves.

“Então, na realidade, yes I think we should offer it to vulnerable children but I don’t think that, Atualmente, vaccine rollout to all of them is the way forward.

Obesity has been flagged as linked with higher rates of Covid death in research.

UMA key Public Health England study found that obese people are up to five times more likely to die from coronavirus than someone of a healthy weight.

We’ve seen a lot of obese children with Covid-19 that have ended up in intensive care.

Dr Ruchi Sinhapaediatric intensivist at Imperial College NHS Trust, a paediatric intensivist at Imperial College NHS Trust

Very few children have died with Covid and health chiefs have previously suggested most had an underlying ailment of some kind.

Children aged between 12 e 17 with some underlying health problems at risk of serious Covid have been prioritised to get the Covid jab, which does not include kids with obesity.

Em volta 34 per cent of kids in England are obese or overweight by the time they are 10-11 anos.

Dr Sinha said that kids’ ICUs were already “under a lot of the pressure at the moment” because of other viruses circulating in kids after Covid restrictions were eased.

“The main one is RSV," ela disse, referring to respiratory syncytial virus which causes cold-like symptoms.

enquanto isso, Prof Sir Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, told the APPG he did not think herd immunity was possible with the Delta variant.

He referred to the idea asmythicaland warned that a vaccine programme should not be built around the idea of achieving it.

We know very clearly with coronavirus that this current variant, the Delta variant, will still infect people who have been vaccinated,” he told MPs.

That does mean that anyone who’s still unvaccinated, at some point, will meet the virus.

He said while vaccines mightslow the processof transmission down, at the minute they cannot stop the spread completely.

Ele adicionou: “I think we are in a situation here with this current variant where herd immunity is not a possibility because it still infects vaccinated individuals.

He predicted that the next thing may bea variant which is perhaps even better at transmitting in vaccinated populations”.

Ele adicionou: “Então, that’s even more of a reason not to be making a vaccine programme around herd immunity.

Experts said last week that aiming for herd immunity was a reason to vaccinate all childrennot just those aged 16 and above.

But Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at University of East Anglia, questioned why teens were getting the jab at all.

He told the APPG: “On the 18th of July ONS estimated that about 59 per cent of 17-year-olds had already got antibodies so they had already had the infection and recovered.”

He said it probably means up to 90 per cent of 17-year-olds already have had the disease, or are incubating it and are yet to develop antibodies.

So in terms of vaccinating 17-year-olds, my concern is why are we vaccinating the age group?”, Prof Hunter said.

“The large majority of them have already had the infection and recovered.

That has two issuesone is is it necessary to vaccinate that age group? Dois, is do we know enough about potential side effects in teenagers who have already had the infection before they are vaccinated?”

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