Heads have warned ministers that they cannot rely solely on the vaccine to control Covid in schools, because teenage take-up may never be as high as in the general population.
Following a letter to parents of secondary-age pupils from education secretary Nadhim Zahawi and health secretary Sajid Javid earlier today, which urged parents to encourage their children to be tested regularly and get vaccinated, a heads’ union has said it is important that “other measures” beside the vaccine are pursued.
He added: “We don’t know yet what the take up of the vaccine will be for younger teens – it may never be as high as in the general population.
“So it is important that other measures are also pursued, such as improved ventilation and reconsidering current guidance on close contact isolation.
“We also need a track and trace system that is working effectively. This will help both to reduce illness and disruption and to speed up the vaccination rollout.”