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COVID vaccines for teenagers: what UK parents need to know amid a new wave of misinformation

By Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, University of Southampton
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The UK has approved giving one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to all children aged 12-15, with vaccines largely being given within the education system. Schools are helping coordinate the rollout, including the consent process. Under-16s need parental consent to have the vaccine.

Unfortunately, schools, parents and teenagers have also become the victims of anti-vaccination misinformation campaigns. For example, a


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