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NHS begins school vaccine rollout in H&F

Pupils at Hammersmith Academy were the first 12-15 year olds in H&F to get their Covid vaccination at school this week.

The single dose of the vaccine was offered to all pupils at the Cathnor Road school.

This is the latest safety measure at secondary schools to help stop the spread of Covid and disruption to local pupils’ education.

Hammersmith Academy headteacher Gary Kynaston was full of praise for the support the school had received during the vaccine rollout.

“Thank you to the NHS and H&F Council who have worked with the Academy to roll out the vaccination programme so efficiently,” said Gary.

“The Covid vaccination being offered to students aged 12-15 adds yet another layer of assurance to schools remaining open this academic year. Furthermore, it has given an opportunity for students to take some personal and social action in protecting themselves, their families and wider community.

“Students have faced unprecedented levels of disruption over the last two years and every minute spent in the classroom is vital to their academic, personal and social development.”

Other safety measures taking place at local secondary schools include Covid testing, implementing regular cleaning rotas, promoting hand hygiene and ensuring classrooms are well ventilated.

Secondary school students are advised to continue taking two lateral flow tests a week at home to keep themselves and school staff safe.

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