Coronavirus latest news: Teachers threatened with legal action if they advise pupils on vaccine

By Poppie Platt
Pupils at a Covid test station as they entered their new secondary school for the first time at Wales High school, Sheffield, England - Rui Vieira/AP
Pupils at a Covid test station as they entered their new secondary school for the first time at Wales High school, Sheffield, England - Rui Vieira/AP

Teachers have been threatened with legal action if they advise pupils on the Covid vaccine, a union leader has said. 

Paul Whiteman, the general secretary for the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), said that it was important that it was trained medical professionals and not teachers or school leaders who advised parents and pupils.

Given the jabs are likely to be administered in schools as they are public buildings, Mr Whiteman hoped that if the health service took the lead on the rollout for children, they would avoid "unpleasantness". 

He told the Today programme:  "What's really important here is it's not teachers or school leaders that are able to give advice to young people or parents about whether they should take up the voluntary vaccine or not, and that's where our concerns lie at the moment.

"This advice and encouragement or whatever it's to be has to come through the health service and the professionals that are trained and have the technical ability to give the advice for young people and their parents to make the decisions that will be necessary.

"If it's done like that, hopefully we can avoid any unpleasantness in schools, but I have to say, members have received letters already from pressure groups threatening legal action against them as school leaders and teachers."

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