Vaccine roll-out: A third of parents say they will refuse permission

New guidance for schools over the 12 to 15-year-old vaccine roll-out comes as a survey shows that 37 per cent of parents plan to refuse permission for their children to receive the jab.

Young people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the government confirmed on Monday (September 13).

The NHS is now preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, with invitations to begin next week, and the UK’s Health Security Agency has published guidance for schools (2021).

It comes amid reports that school leaders are receiving threatening letters from anti-vaccination groups and fears that some schools may face protests or “disruptive activity” surrounding the vaccination drive.

The government has been urged this week to communicate clearly to the public that headteachers are in no way involved with the vaccination process or the decision to offer vaccination in schools.

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