Warning to schools over fake Covid jab consent form

Form sent to headteachers is ‘not legitimate’, says NHS England vaccine boss

Charlotte Santry

Vaccine consent

An NHS England medical director has issued a warning about hoax Covid vaccine letters being sent to schools to distribute to parents.

Students aged 12-15 across the UK are now eligible to receive a first jab as part of a programme which is expected to be delivered primarily within schools.

But some headteachers have reportedly been targeted by letters that include a “consent checklist”, under a fake NHS logo, which they are asked to share with students. 


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The form contains a long list of claims about the vaccine, including adverse affects.

After a parent shared one of these “checklists” on Twitter, NHS England medical director for Covid immunisation Dr Jonathan Leach replied: “Just to confirm that this is not a legitimate NHS form.”

Headteachers and teachers also shared the form on Twitter, warning peers that it was “fake”.

 

Earlier in September, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said it was aware that some schools have been receiving campaign letters and emails with “misinformation” about the vaccine programme.

Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi, on Monday, noted that vaccination was not mandatory and remained a personal choice, but was critical of those who have abused and threatened school staff.

Official guidance suggests that headteachers who believe protests could be held outside their school over participation in the Covid vaccination programme should contact police to help manage the situation.

However, as Tes revealed last week, some schools have been given advice that appears to contradict this.

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Charlotte Santry

Charlotte Santry

Charlotte Santry is deputy news editor at Tes

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