A campaign group that has sent thousands of letters to schools threatening legal action if children receive COVID jobs without parental consent has said it was forced to stop due to “censorship issues”. has gone.
Advocates for Liberty, a UK group that says it aims to “restore democracy and freedom”, has contacted the schools at the request of parents, who will remain anonymous.
Anti-vaxxers have targeted schools with protests and legal threats as they prepare to begin administering coronavirus vaccines to children aged 12 to 15 this week.
The government has said teenagers will have the power to overthrow parents who do not give their consent for the Covid vaccines – a move that has angered anti-vaxxers.
Parents can ask Liberty attorneys to send a formal letter to their school “stating the legal risks of this policy.”
This will be done without revealing their identity to the school; The letter only stated that a “concerned parent” was exposed to the COVID vaccine rollout.
Parents simply had to submit school and headmaster details on the campaign group’s website and the letter would be emailed to the headmaster with “Advocate for the Liberty Team” as the sender.
But this email campaign coordinated by the UK group was no longer available as the rollout of jabs for kids in schools began this week, with the website button back. Page Joe says: “We are currently facing censorship issues.”
It added: “This means we cannot continue this campaign for you at this time.”
Although letter template Still available to watch and download online.
In a blog post published on Monday, Lawyers for Liberty said it had received nearly five thousand requests for emails to principals, “If they go ahead with COVID-19 vaccinations on school premises, they will be given their legal responsibilities and is put on the notice of liabilities”.
The group said: “Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, this operation has now been called off.”
Granthshala It was previously reported that the letter was being circulated around anti-vax groups on the messaging site Telegram, with members urging others to contact lawyers for Liberty and asking them to email the schools.
The letter told principals: “If a parent tells you that their child is not to be included in a vaccination program or does not provide consent, that decision must be respected, with no other consequences for the child.” without direct or indirect discrimination, including or coercion.”
It added: “Failure to do so could result in potential legal claims against you personally and for your school.”
The UK group running this campaign has no affiliation with the Malaysian human rights and law reform organisation, also known as Lawyers for Liberty.
Geoff Barton of the Association for Schools and Leaders said several schools had received letters about “potential legal consequences” if they participate in the COVID vaccine rollout for 12 to 15-year-olds.
“This is extremely unhelpful and we have called on pressure groups and individuals to stop sending them,” the union leader said.
A government spokesman said: “Covid-19 vaccines have so far saved over 112,300 lives in England alone and are the best way to help us live safely with this virus.”
“It is never acceptable for anyone to pressure or threaten students, teachers or the wider school community.
He added: “The government has provided schools with updated guidance on how to manage vaccination-related protests, in contact with police, the NHS and their local authority, should they be.”
The UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) said it was aware that some schools were receiving campaign letters and emails with “misinformation” about the vaccine programme, confirmed by ministers aged 12 to 15. Children will be able to start receiving the Covid jab.
The rollout of COVID vaccines for children in this age group began this week in England, Scotland and Wales, offering the jab to nearly three million children.
It was stated by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers that a single dose of Pfizer for this group would significantly reduce the chances of a young person getting COVID and passing on the virus.
According to official government figures, more than 100,000 children were out of school last week because of either confirmed or suspected Covid.
Parental consent will not be required for COVID jobs if a child is deemed capable of making their own decisions, although Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, has said that “in the vast majority of cases, the child and their Parents come to the same decision”.
Prof Whitty also said that children who are not offered the COVID vaccine this week should expect to catch the virus “sooner or later”.
Liberty lawyers have been contacted for comment.
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