“Herd immunity is not achieved without children under 18, and the numbers say so. But you need the right vaccine. Young people do not risk Covid, so it is necessary that the risk posed by the vaccine be extremely low for them “. This was supported by Andrea Crisanti, professor of Microbiology at the University of Padua, speaking during an evening organized on the occasion of the “Condominiums” initiative of the Musica per Roma Foundation.
To report the words of the scientist is the newspaper La Stampa:
“We have about 10 million Italians under 18, out of 60 million, 50 million adults remain. Of these, 80% are vaccinated if all goes well and we are already 40 million. And then we have another share of residents to take into account: the homeless, the unregistered asylum seekers. This brings us to about 20-23 million people who do not get vaccinated, difficult to recover ”.
On the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in younger age groups, Crisanti states:
“AstraZeneca is effective and safe and causes adverse reactions only in very rare cases, some of which are serious. But to reduce even that remote risk, given that we have an alternative, that is, messenger RNA vaccines ”.
“Giving AstraZeneca to everyone is a mistake but not because this vaccine doesn’t work or isn’t safe, it’s a mistake because we have alternatives, which must be privileged as a precaution,” he adds. And on the risk-benefit ratio based on age:
“The risk-benefit ratio for young people is not in favor of the benefits: if there are no deaths from Coronavirus at the age of 18, only one case of death from vaccine is enough for the risk to outweigh the benefit. The question is therefore ethical ”.