By Alex Glenn •
Published: 11 Oct 2021 • 7:42
England’s secondary school vaccine rollout is falling behind Scotland. Scotland is surging ahead as England’s vaccination rollout is said to be faltering.
In England, less than a tenth of pupils aged between 12 and 15 years old have been vaccinated so far. Head teachers are claiming that vaccination teams are stretched. They are said to be struggling with demand.
Scotland is surging ahead and proportionately has vaccinated over three times more pupils. In England, walk-in centres cannot be used for children. In Scotland though they are proving to be a great success.
Experts have said that England should begin to use mobile vaccination centres for teenagers. According to data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), last week only 9 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds in England had been vaccinated. This comes in at just under 260,000 children.
For the same age group in Scotland, nearly 28 per cent of children have been vaccinated as of last Wednesday. This represents only 65,000 children though.
Immunologist Professor Peter Openshaw commented: “We need to look at all possible measures to improve teen vaccination rates in England, including drop-in clinics.”
Geoff Barton is the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). The union are worried that England’s vaccination rollout is not fast enough. They have also highlighted that schools have informed them that the vaccination teams “underestimated the challenge of vaccinating so many students at once”.
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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