Commenting on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)’s decision not to approve Covid-19 vaccines for all 12-15 year olds, whilst expanding the number of vulnerable children eligible, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

"The decision by JCVI today will be considered by chief medical officers of the four nations next week, who will be able to take into account the wider issues of disruption to education and wider community transmission.

"If the decision not to vaccinate is upheld by the chief medical officers, this makes additional safety mitigations in schools all the more important. Sadly, in taking away so many safety measures last term, without replacing them with others, the Government has left schools open to another rise in case counts – which will mean many children and staff missing school if they test positive."