Responding to the news that all 16 and 17-year-olds will be offered the covid vaccine within weeks at the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), Chief Executive of AoC, David Hughes said:
"Today's announcement is a welcome step as these young people should be able to access their first jab early in the autumn term. Vaccines are a sure way to help reduce transmission and subsequently lessen the likelihood of severe disruption to students’ learning when the new academic year begins. The scientific advice to government is that this is the right thing to do for 16 and 17 year olds, for their parents/carers, for college staff and the communities they live within. As part of a wider strategy that colleges already have in place, including testing and all of the measures on campuses, this expansion of the vaccine rollout will be a key part of learning to live with this virus and keep disruption in education to a minimum.”
You can read the full announcement here.