Secondary schools in UK caught up in row over Covid vaccines for students
Secondary schools in the UK have been plunged into the centre of the row over Covid vaccines for 12- to 15-year-olds, with anti-vaxxers at school gates and a headteacher threatened with legal action by one of his own governors.
Letters circulated by campaign groups and parents are accusing schools of sanctioning “medical experimentation” if they allow the Covid vaccination programme for 12- to 15-year-olds to go ahead.
The headteacher of a secondary school in Hertfordshire has been sent one of the pro forma letters, which was signed by a member of the school’s own governing body. It said she would hold the head personally liable if children were given Covid jabs without parental consent.
Student unions are telling students they won’t be admitted to freshers’ parties in the next few weeks without a Covid pass or negative lateral flow test, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last year’s outbreaks on campus.
Earlier this month, the government performed a U-turn on plans to compel nightclubs from 1 October to ask for Covid passports that prove someone has had two Covid vaccinations or a negative test. But many student unions have chosen to go further than government guidelines because they fear that a more relaxed stance could lead to outbreaks and students being confined to their bedrooms again.
Arwa Mahdawi reflects on reports that the Covid-19 vaccine temporarily disrupts menstrual cycles.
Could the Covid-19 vaccine have a short-term impact on your menstrual cycle? Thousands of women think so: ever since the vaccines became widely available, people who menstruate have been sharing stories about weird changes to their cycle following their shots. More than 30,000 reports of post-vaccine menstrual irregularity have been made to the UK’s medical regulator alone. In the US, researchers Kate Clancy and Katharine Lee have collected more than 140,000 reports from people who have noticed a change in their period post-vaccination.
For the most part, these concerns have been brushed off by health experts. Nothing to see here, the message basically was. Periods are often irregular! Now, however, the medical establishment is finally admitting that maybe all those women weren’t just making things up after all. This week the BMJ published a report by Dr Victoria Male, a lecturer in reproductive immunology at Imperial College London, noting that a link between the vaccine and menstrual changes was “plausible and should be investigated”.
The seven-day incidence for Covid infections in Germany has fallen for the fifth day in a row.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said there were 72.0 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants as of Saturday morning.
On the previous day the incidence rate stood at 74.4; a week ago it was 82.8.
German health authorities reported 8,901 new coronavirus infections to the RKI within one day.
A week ago, 11,214 new infections had been logged.
I’m Jedidajah Otte and am taking over while my colleague Jane Clinton has a break. If you have anything to flag you think we should be covering, please feel free to get in touch – I’m on Twitter @JedySays.