In case “vaccination webinars” run by local councils and health officials aren’t enough to persuade parents to give their consent for the ‘jabbing’ of their children, the Health Secretary and Education Secretary have written a letter to parents, which will be circulated by schools, warning that children who don’t get vaccinated are likely to lose out on some face-to-face learning. The Telegraph has the story.
Nadhim Zahawi… and Sajid Javid… have written a joint letter to parents, urging them to get their children vaccinated.
The letter explains that keeping children in school is a priority for the Government, but they need parents’ help to ensure pupils “are able to stay in face-to-face learning”.
Mothers and fathers should encourage their children to “come forward for the Covid vaccine”, the letter said, adding that this is “one of the best things young people can do” to protect themselves and those around them.
Their intervention comes as vaccine take-up among 12 to 15 year-olds appears to have stalled in England, with just over one in ten (11.6%) of the age group vaccinated. …
“We know that students have missed a lot of time in school and college since the pandemic started, and that there is no substitute for face-to-face learning,” it said.
“Keeping students in the classroom in the coming months is therefore a Government priority, both for their immediate and longer-term wellbeing.”
The ministers said that while children are at very low risk of serious illness from Covid, it remains important that they are vaccinated to “reduce the spread” of the virus.
“Young people who get ill will need to miss school or college, and may spread it to others,” they added.
“That is why we are encouraging you all to support your children to get vaccinated and to continue to test regularly. This will help to detect cases early, reduce spread, and keep students in education.”
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