We have been asked to remind schools to be vigilant in the face of fake Covid-19 consent forms. Fake letters have been sent to some schools where a consent form is presented along with information to be sent to parents ahead of pupils being given Covid vaccinations.
Using an "NHS Vaccines" logo, the letter includes claims such as the vaccine being a risk for "strokes, blindness, deafness, clotting, miscarriages, anaphylaxis and cardiovascular disorders". It appears that some parents have already been sent the letter, after schools had been tricked into sharing them.
Dr Jonathan Leach, NHS England medical director for Covid immunisation, has confirmed that this was "not a legitimate NHS form". Any unauthorised use of the NHS logo is taken very seriously, said a spokes woman for the Department of Health and Social Care. "Misinformation about the vaccine is dangerous and costs lives.”