Schools have been sent fake NHS “consent checklists” containing false or misleading messages on COVID vaccines and asked to distribute them to parents.
A director of NHS England has confirmed they are not official documents after the headmaster and parents shared them online.
a headmaster told Granthshala It was a “very reassuring hoax” and said schools were “fed” of dealing with dangerous behavior on COVID vaccines.
Granthshala has previously reported how anti-vaxxers have targeted schools with protests and legal threats as the roll-out of the COVID vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 was underway.
Principals have now been sent a “consent checklist” with fake NHS logos. NHS England’s medical director for COVID vaccination, Dr Jonathan Leach, has said this is “not a valid NHS form.”
The document makes various claims on the COVID vaccine, including side effects on fertility, for example, may not be known until clinical trials end in 2023 and the vaccine can “be considered experimental”. .
Future trial completion dates are set to ensure long-term monitoring of participants, which is standard practice once a vaccine is approved for use.
England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam has claimed the vaccine can make people infertile “a horrifying horror story designed to scare people”. “This is simply untrue and there is no piece of credible evidence to support this idea,” he said. Q&A:.
Schools have been asked to send fake consent letters to parents before allowing their child to take the jab.
“It was a very convincing hoax,” Andy Byers, a Durham headmaster who received the letter, told Granthshala.
“The actions of those involved are completely irresponsible. They deliberately misunderstand the role schools play in vaccine distribution, intimidate school leaders and staff, and unnecessarily intimidate parents by making false claims. “
He continued: “While I understand that some parents may wish to withhold consent to vaccinate their child, this should not proceed from a simple personal decision.
“School leaders are fed up with threatening behavior from parents or, in this case, those with anti-vaccination agendas. Our role is to teach the students.”
After Mr Byers shared the fake letter on Twitter, he received several replies from Essex to Bedfordshire principals, elsewhere in England, saying he had received the same.
One such school leader called it “outrageous”. Another said she had received six in one day, adding: “How dare these people use the noble NHS logo for their campaigns.”
Julie McCulloch of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) urged the people behind the fake consent forms to stop sending them out.
“The circulation of fake consent forms is widely unhelpful and can only serve to create confusion,” she said.
“Everyone in the school system is already working under enormous pressure on multiple fronts. One of these pressures is the fact that a large number of students have caught COVID and are absent from school – this is what the vaccination program is designed to address.
Earlier in September, 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, by ministers aged 12 to 15. Age children are allowed to jab for the first time.
Education Secretary Nadim Jahvi reiterated on Monday that vaccination was not mandatory and it was his personal choice, but criticized those who abused and threatened school staff.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Misinformation about vaccines is dangerous and costs lives.
“We are continuing to do everything we can, working with local authorities and our NHS, to counter the spread of untruths with public information based on science and facts.”
He continued: “The unprecedented vaccine rollout has built a wall of defense across the country, saving more than 123,100 lives and preventing more than 230,000 hospitalizations.”
Additional reporting by the Press Association
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