Head teacher threatened with legal action over fears staff will advise parents on jabs

Head teacher threatened with legal action over fears staff will advise parents on jabs

09/14/2021

Vaccine: Head Teacher Nicola Mason shares her concerns

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Head Teacher Nicola Mason claimed she was warned her school would face legal action should members of staff in any way “give advice or promote the vaccine”. Ms Mason said she is “worried about” parents looking to her staff for advice on Covid vaccination following Prof Chris Whitty’s announcement on Monday that all children aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Ms Mason said: “Well the fact that parents have a choice, and that it’s an offer.

“I think it does put staff in a difficult position at times.”

“I’ve already had a letter last night, from a legal company threatening legal action in case we do decide to give advice or promote the vaccine.”

She continued: “So it puts staff and school leaders in a tough position.

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said that all children aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Covid jab.

Invitations for the jab will begin to be issued from next week.

It follows advice from the UK’s Chief Medical Officers, who said the jab will help reduce disruption to education.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “We will now move with the same sense of urgency we’ve had at every point in our vaccination programme.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I have accepted the recommendation from the Chief Medical Officers to expand vaccination to those aged 12 to 15 – protecting young people from catching COVID-19, reducing transmission in schools, and keeping pupils in the classroom.

“I am very grateful for the expert advice I have received from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and UK Chief Medical Officers.”

The move means around three million children will now be eligible for the jab.

Boris Johnson is also due to announce his winter plan to tackle potential rises in Covid cases as well as flu cases in a speech on Tuesday afternoon.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has given advice to ministers on a booster campaign and the Government will set out the approach in England later on Tuesday.

It is expected all over-50s will be offered another jab, starting with the over-70s and the most vulnerable.

The Pfizer/BioNTech jab will be administered at least six months after the second dose amid concerns the protection it gives to older people fades over time.

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