Herd immunity strategy far more riskier for vulnerable even if they are shielding

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The ‘herd immunity’ approach to bringing Covid-19 infection rates down would have allowed vulnerable groups to develop ‘severe outcomes’ if exposed to the virus, according to a professor of epidemiology.

Dr. Garbriela Gomes from Strathclyde University says these groups would have faced more risks if the UK government had continued it’s ‘herd immunity’ strategy before a nationwide lockdown in March.

Instead, it was changed forcing two million people who were identified as being those in the ‘most vulnerable’ category to shield for five months.

Top government expert Sir Patrick Vallance faced harsh criticism at the beginning of the pandemic for comments he made on BBC Radio 4.

Vallance said that the government’s aim was to “try and reduce the peak – not suppress it completely, also because most people get a mild illness, to build up some degree of herd immunity whilst protecting the most vulnerable”.

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