Secondary school vaccination in England is a rollout – as Scotland moves forward.
In England, less than a dozen children between the ages of 12 and 15 have been hit, with school principals saying vaccination teams are struggling to cope with the demand.
But Scotland has vaccinated three times as many students as possible, in part thanks to children’s access to walk-in centers – which England does not allow.
Experts are now calling for the opening of mobile vaccination centers for adults in England.
Immunologist Professor Peter Openshaw said: “We need to look at all possible steps to improve the rate of adolescent vaccination in England, including drop-in clinics.”
As of last week, figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) show that only 9% of children aged 12 to 15 in England have been vaccinated.
It represents about 25,257,400 children.
Scotland, meanwhile, vaccinated 27.9 per cent of its 12- to 15-year-olds by Wednesday, representing more than 65,000 children.
Jeff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said the union was concerned about the speed of England’s vaccination rollout.
He said schools had reported that vaccination teams “did not reduce the challenge of vaccinating so many students at once”.