Should the elderly be first in line for the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is being given to the most vulnerable first in many countries, but the policy is being questioned by a senior researcher into ethical vaccine distribution at the University of Oxford.

Alberto Giubilini believes with the vaccines in short supply, it needs to be considered whether essential workers, at greatest risk of catching the virus, need to be at the top of the list followed by younger generations known to produce a more effective immune response to vaccines.

The UK was the first country to start administering the Pfizer vaccine and chose to target those aged over 80 and care home residents and staff, followed by healthcare workers.

Giubilini explained a successful vaccination plan should target essential workers.

He said, “We already know…the flu vaccine is more effective on young people than it is on elderly people. So, to protect the elderly populations, we could vaccinate the young. It should at least be considered.”


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