The Deputy Chief Medical Officer said peopep in their eary 20s may not be at serious risk but still face being struck with long Covid. He couldn’t say whether a fourth lockdown is among us
Jonathan Van Tam says the impact of the Covid vaccines is ‘truly massive’
Coronavirus is still sending young people to intensive care, Jonathan Van Tam has said as he warned of a “bumpty autumn” ahead.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer could not say whether Brits can expect a fourth lockdown, but insisted the more youngsters get a jab the “chances of us needing another lockdown are much lower”.
It comes as new figures from Public Health england suggest saved 60,000 lives and prevented 22 million infections.
Professor Van Tam told the BBC this was “truly massive”.
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The statistics cover the period up to July 23 and are based on modelling by PHE and Cambridge University.
He added: “I hope the worst is behind us but I think it’s quite possible that we’re going to have one or two bumpy periods in the autumn and in the winter, not only through Covid, but also through flu and other respiratory viruses as well.”
Previous estimates, which cover the period up to July 9, had suggested about 37,000 deaths and 11 million infections had been prevented.
JVT’s remarks come after doctors begged young people to get the vaccine so they will not have to “suffer unnecessarily”.
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, senior intensive care registrar, said the patients they were seeing were “getting younger and younger”.
“The vast majority of those requiring intensive care are unvaccinated: some of them will die. It is heartbreaking for us as NHS staff to watch people suffer unnecessarily knowing that this almost certainly could have been prevented by the vaccine,” she said.