IT is quite understandable that young people are reluctant to get a vaccine that is still not prescribed for children only a few years younger than them because of the “extremely low” risks attached to it.

It is commendable that mothers-to-be want greater reassurance before accepting something that they fear could harm their unborn child.

Young people quizzing deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam on Radio 1 yesterday asked why they needed a vaccine when their only experience of Covid was as mild cold symptoms.

These are very good points, but Professor Van-Tam was able to address them robustly.

He said 4bn vaccines had been given worldwide, including 84m in the UK, and there were no signs of them causing any long term harm, and he felt those signs would be there by now if they existed. In comparison, long Covid is known to drag on for months and months, and be quite debilitating in the most severe cases.

He also said that while a majority of young people experience mild symptoms, there are young people who are seriously unwell, and reports from our local intensive care units backs that up. While it is rare, young people can die from Covid.

Life is a game of risk, and, from all the genuine evidence available to us, the chances of being made unwell by the vaccine are slimmer still.

And, of course, the good that young people can do for older people by reducing infection and suppressing the virus is immeasurable.

Look at the evidence, weigh up the risks – everything contributes to the overwhelming case for young people having the vaccine.