Posted 17th September 2021
To all parents and carers
Good afternoon, from LCS.
You will be aware of the recent government announcement on the beginning of a Covid-19 vaccination programme for young people aged 12-15. Schools have been asked to provide a site for this vaccination programme and guidance was issued nationally by the DfE to schools on Wednesday.
Our local vaccination team have contacted us, requesting we provide a facility for vaccinations in school next Friday 24th September.
Children must be 12 on the day of vaccination. Please only complete the consent form if your child will be aged 12-15 on the day of vaccination.
Please be aware that due to storage requirements of the vaccine, the team will need to know the number of vaccines needed in advance and therefore the consent system will close 24 hours prior to the session in school.
Timings of vaccinations during the day on Friday 24th September will depend on the number of parents/carers who consent to their child receiving the vaccination. If numbers are high and not all students can receive a vaccination during Friday 24th September, the vaccination team will likely direct students to the nearest vaccination centre, or facilitate an appropriate ‘catch-up’ programme. Vaccinations in school will not run beyond the end of the school day, at 3pm on 24th September.
If you are consenting to your child receiving the vaccination, please discuss this with them, as guidance advises, and ensure they are aware you have consented.
Below you will find a link to the relevant Consent Form. Forms should be completed and returned electronically to the NHS. Please do not return these Consent Forms to school.
The unique school code for Littleover Community School is DC112956
If you experience any problems completing the consent form or would like further information, please call the School Age Immunisation Team as below:
Repton Health Centre: 01283 707178 Clay Cross Hospital: 01246 252953 Or email at DCHST.email@example.com
Below is a link to important information from the NHS, related to the Covid-19 vaccine. This information is in a number of different formats and should be read before completing the Consent Form.
Like all school-based vaccination programmes, the vaccines will be administered by healthcare staff, following the usual approach to school-based immunisation.
The School Age Immunisation Service (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.
The SAIS provider will be contractually responsible for the service, as they are for other school vaccination programmes.
The vaccines will be administered by healthcare staff with appropriate qualifications, who work to nationally agreed standards. Vaccines are offered in schools to ensure easy access for all children.
The programme will be delivered by an NHS commissioned SAIS team, which may include nurses, healthcare support workers, administrative staff, and other associated professionals who specialise in the delivery of school age vaccinations.
The team will administer the vaccination according to nationally agreed standards. Staff are appropriately qualified, trained (including in safeguarding) and experienced in vaccinating children and young people. Staff administering the vaccine will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
Whilst schools may host immunisation services, they are not responsible for securing parental or child consent, for assessing Gillick competence or mediating between parents/carers and children who may disagree about whether or not to consent. This is the role of registered nurses in the SAIS, who have extensive experience and the expertise to handle these issues and are professionally accountable for their decisions. Legal accountability for offering COVID-19 vaccines to children and young people sits with the SAIS and not with the school.
Parents/carers with questions about the Covid-19 vaccination programme for children aged 12-15 should contact the School Age Immunisation Team, using the contact details contained in this email. Please do not contact the school to discuss the vaccination programme.
Enjoy your weekend.