UK Schools Advised to Seek Police Help to Deal With Anti-Vaccine Protests

A UK government agency has advised headteachers to ask the police to help manage the situation if they believe protests could take place at their schools over their participation in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Ministers confirmed on Monday that children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week. In guidance published on Wednesday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) told school authorities: “We know that some schools are receiving campaign letters and emails with misinformation about the vaccine programme and would like advise on how to handle protests in the event they were to take place at school.” The agency said schools should get in touch with the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) team at the first opportunity to understand “what security planning they have in place, and what if any actions they recommend you carry out ahead of vaccinations in your school.” …

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