Vaccine myth-busting: Materials published for schools

In a bid to tackle vaccine scepticism and misinformation among young people – much of which is spread via social media – learning materials have been made available to schools to help explain the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Developed by teachers in Hackney, east London, with input from pupils and public health professionals, the materials are being distributed for all London boroughs to share with primary and secondary schools.

The materials, which cover key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5, are also available for all schools nationwide to download.

They were commissioned in response to concerns that some Londoners, especially young people, are hesitant about accepting a Covid-19 vaccine.

Research carried out by Hackney Council found that young Londoners are significantly more uncertain about the vaccine, with seven per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds saying they would not take a vaccine, and 21 per cent being unsure.

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