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COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds - 4th October 2021 [POSTPONED]

Update 1.10.21:

COVID vaccinations on Monday 4th October 2021 have been cancelled - we await a new date!

Please be aware that Monday’s COVID Vaccination Programme (for 12-15 year olds) will NOT go ahead. We were informed by Leicestershire NHS Trust Partnership this afternoon. his cancellation is due to a shortage of staffing resource across the regional immunisation team.

We expect to hear a postponed date for students who have consented to have their first dose, after October half-term, and will keep parents/guardians informed, as and when we know more.

Please note, the consent portal will remain open, should parents/guardians wish to complete the necessary consent for their child/ren. Please familiarise yourself with the information letter sent home here or linked below.

COVID Vaccination Programme for 12 - 15 year olds

We are now able to confirm with you the details for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination programme taking place across all secondary schools in England, for 12 to 15 year olds.

In summary the guidance tells us the following:

  • 12 to 15 year olds are being offered the first does of the vaccine.
  • Consent will be sought by the SAIS (School Age Immunisation Service) provider from the parent or person with parental responsibility in the same way as for any other school vaccination programme.
  • Children who are 12 years old and over on the day the SAIS team visits the school, will be offered a vaccination as part of the in-school vaccination programme.
  • Significantly, the SAIS will be the primary provider of the vaccination programme for healthy 12 to 15 year olds and will be legally responsible for the delivery of the vaccine. Legal accountability for offering COVID-19 vaccines to children and young people sits with the SAIS and not with the school.
  • Vaccines will be administered by healthcare staff working closely with the school and following the usual approach to school-based immunisation.
  • The SAIS provider will be contractually responsible for the service, as they are for other school vaccination programmes.

John Ferneley College will be offering 12 to 15 year olds a vaccination session on Monday 4th October 2021.

Please find attached NHS information letter and online consent form below for parents/guardians to read and action consent.

Please be reassured that, we will, as a school, ensure that only those who have provided consent via the letter below, will have the vaccine. The vaccine will NOT be offered in school to any young person without parent/guardian consent.

HPV/MMR and seasonal flu vaccinations – rescheduled

Due to pressing need to mobilse the programme, all scheduled session dates originally organised for the HPV/MMR and Seasonal flu vaccinations that were due to be held at John Ferneley College on 4th October (HPV/MMR) and 15/16/17th November (Seasonal flu) will be rescheduled within this academic year. Further details to follow in the Spring term, once we receive them.

If you have any further queries about the vaccination programme, please contact the immunisation team on 0300 300 0007, or by email [email protected]