Parents have been warned by ministers that children could lose out on face-to-face learning unless the vaccine take-up improves.
Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, and Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, have written a joint letter to parents, urging them to get their children vaccinated.
The letter explains that keeping children in school is a priority for the Government, but they need parents’ help to ensure pupils “are able to stay in face-to-face learning”.
Mothers and fathers should encourage their children to “come forward for the Covid-19 vaccine”, the letter said, adding that this was “one of the best things young people can do” to protect themselves and those around them.
Their intervention comes as vaccine take-up among 12- to 15-year-olds appears to have stalled in England, with just over one in 10 (11.6 per cent) of the age group vaccinated. Meanwhile, in Scotland 36.3 per cent of the same age group has been vaccinated.
Mr Javid and Mr Zahawi’s letter has been sent to secondary schools to circulate to parents.