Scotland’s largest teaching union has given its backing to vaccinating children aged five and over. According to The Scotsman this afternoon:
Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), called for a “quicker decision” to be made on the roll-out. He argued offering vaccinations to younger children is a “safer route than just allowing for herd immunity to develop.”
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) currently recommends only those over 12 are offered a jag.
However, the US has started to offer vaccinations to younger children, and experts such as Professor Devi Sridhar, one of Nicola Sturgeon‘ s pandemic advisers, have backed such a move.
Flanagan went on to say:
“I hope they make a quicker decision around five to 11-year-olds because I think vaccination should be offered there, to the families of those young people. We are in favour of young people being offered that vaccine and we’ve said so at SERG [Scottish Education Recovery Group].
Ultimately we think offering the vaccination is a quicker and safer route than just allowing for herd immunity to develop over a longer period of time, because that would be more disruptive to school education.”
Who the hell is Larry Flanagan? What qualifies him to speak with such authority on herd immunity and the vaccination of children? The answer is of course, nothing. He’s not a doctor. Nor is he a virologist or immunologist. He’s a jobsworth and his union poses a serious threat to the wellbeing of Scotland’s children.