An NHS chief has alerted parents to false coronavirus vaccine consent letters spreading misinformation.
Some principals have reportedly been sent letters bearing a fake NHS logo that include a “consent checklist” for vaccination, which they are asked to share with students.
It comes when three million 12-15 year olds in the UK are now eligible for their first hit. after the vaccine launch was extended on September 20.
The program is expected to be taught primarily in schools.
Just to confirm that this is not a legitimate NHS form.
– Dr. Jonathan Leach (@ jonathanleach13) September 27, 2021
A parent posted a photo from one of the false consent checklists on Twitter.
England’s NHS Medical Director for COVID Immunization Dr Jonathan Leach replied: “Just to confirm that this is not a legitimate NHS form.”
The UK Health Security Agency also said this month that it was aware that some schools had received campaign letters and emails with misinformation about the vaccine program.
The education secretary said Monday that vaccination remained a personal choice, but criticized people who had threatened and abused school personnel.
Nadhim Zahawi wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “As Secretary of Education, I want teachers and students to know that I will always stand up for them and confront bullying head-on, so that teachers can do their vital work safely and children can receive the education they deserve – regardless of decisions made about vaccination. “
Official guidance suggests that teachers who believe protests could be held outside their school because of the vaccination program should contact the police to help manage the situation.