ASCL comment on rollout of Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds

20/09/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the rollout of Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds.
 
Commenting on the rollout of Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Schools deserve huge thanks for all they are doing in hosting coronavirus vaccination sessions for 12 to 15-year-olds particularly given the speed at which this is all happening and the intense public focus on this programme. As so often during the pandemic, they are again dealing with a significant organisational challenge, and again find themselves in the eye of a storm, on this occasion because of the strong views held by some people about this vaccination programme.
 
“The Chief Medical Officers set out a compelling case for 12 to 15-year-olds to be offered vaccinations in order to reduce educational disruption after 18 months of turbulence which has not only damaged the learning of many pupils but has also affected welfare and mental health. We agree with their recommendation and believe this programme is in the best interests of pupils.
 
“However, those who are opposed to this programme should remember that it is an offer of a vaccination and that pupils, along with their parents or carers, can decide whether or not to take up that offer. We would particularly urge groups or individuals not to send letters to schools containing legal threats and not to protest outside schools. The role of schools is limited to hosting these sessions and dealing with associated communications, and it is quite wrong to make them the target of opposition.”