Resources help pupils to better understand vaccination

With routine childhood immunisations falling, a schools programme has been launched to enable children and families to make informed decisions about vaccinations.

The Stephen Hawking Foundation has created the programme in response to the fact that routine childhood immunisations have fallen every year for almost a decade.

Most recently, immunisation coverage for all routine childhood vaccinations has declined in England by as much as one per cent between 2017/18 and 2018/19. Researchers say this is in part caused by confusing information and unfounded conspiracy theories about vaccines.

The first in a series of teaching aids focuses on the Covid vaccine and tackles “head-on” conspiracy theories that have led to limited uptake in some communities.

The materials have been created via a partnership including the Stephen Hawking Foundation, Morpeth School in east London, Queen Mary University of London, and the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.

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