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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 69652, tabled on 4 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason there are delays in the administration of the covid-19 vaccine through the schools programme; and what steps he is taking to address that matter.

Answered on

22 November 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement have confirmed they are not aware of any system-wide delays to the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines through the school age vaccine process. Thousands of schools have held vaccination clinics and more than 823,000 12 to 15 year olds in England have already received one dose as of 7 November.

The National Health Service is ensuring that the programme is administered efficiently to increase the scale and pace of delivery and targeting communications to parents and young people. Since 22 October, the National Booking Service is open for appointments for young people to provide an additional method for parents to book a vaccination for their child, alongside the existing schools programme.