Anti-vax groups are circulating a letter threatening principals with legal action if children are given Covid jabs at school without parental consent.
Lawyers for Liberty, a campaign group, has offered to send letters to principals “explaining the legal risks of this policy” at the request of parents.
Meanwhile, anti-vaxxers are planning meet-and-greets around schools to target young people after authorities gave the green light to 12 to 15-year-olds.
The government has said that adolescents will have the power to overthrow parents who do not consent and become COVID-19 positive.
A letter threatening legal action to principals if parental consent is not taken into account has been circulated around anti-vax groups on the messaging site Telegram, with members urging others to send it to schools.
“Everyone needs to do this,” said a post in Chanel Outreach Worldwide.
On its website, Lawyers for Liberty appeals to parents whose child’s school is “promoting COVID-19 vaccinations for children 12 years of age and older” and who are concerned that their child will not be allowed to attend their school. Can be forcibly stopped without consent.
“Liberty attorneys may send the principal a formal email advising the principal of the legal risks of their policy,” the group said.
Their letter says: “If a parent tells you that their child is not to be included in a vaccination program or does not provide consent, that decision must be respected, without any further consequences for the child.” without direct or indirect discrimination or coercion.”
It added: “Failure to do so could result in potential legal claims against you personally and for your school.”
Nadim Zahavi, who spoke on Tuesday while still in office as vaccines minister, said a doctor or nurse would try to intervene when a child and their parent had “differences” about COVID vaccination. Will happen.
If after this discussion the parents still do not agree to vaccinate their child, the adolescent – if deemed competent – will be allowed to proceed to receive the COVID job.
A school union said this week that several of its members had received letters “threatening legal action against schools and colleges for participating in any COVID vaccination programme”.
Geoff Barton of the Association for School and College Leaders said: “This is extremely unhelpful and we would ask those involved in this correspondence to stop trying to pressure schools and colleges.”
The UK’s Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) said it is aware that some schools are receiving campaign letters and emails with “misinformation” about the vaccine programme, after ministers confirmed it was 12 to 15 years old. Children of the age of 50 years will be able to get their first jab from next week.
It has suggested that headmasters who believe that participating in the COVID vaccination program may lead to protests outside their school, should approach the police for help in managing the situation.
Anti-vax channels on Telegram are organizing meet-ups near schools this week.
Local branches of the Outreach Worldwide group are planning to visit schools in the afternoon to catch the kids on their way home.
The North London Central Group said leaflets would be provided at their meeting “around local schools”.
“We will focus on education and empowering adolescents and encouraging resistance,” said a post in their channel.
Meanwhile, media non-profit organization The Citizens has discovered a member of the Telegram chat group “Rebels at Wax Centers”, which stresses the need for more extreme action in the future.
Using the name Tim Covid Warrior, he posted that “the time has come for people to organize into well-drilled armies to topple the government”.
In subsequent paragraphs he elaborated that this would include “vaccination squads” and “smashing” vaccine centres, a mass attack against police and “capture of government/council and mainstream media buildings”.
According to Tim Kovid Warrior, people can “swarm” the police to prevent arrests and should also launch a campaign of harassment against doctors and other medical professionals.
His plan for schools went a step further and advised members to “constantly protest” outside the homes of teachers promoting the vaccine.
Children will be able to get their first Kovid-19 vaccination from next week.
Four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommended that all children aged 12 to 15 be offered a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Professor Chris Whitty and his counterparts said vaccination for this age group would help reduce the risk of the spread of Covid in schools and disruption of education.
This story was published in association with Media Non-Profit Organization Citizen
Additional reporting by the Press Association
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