Teachers have been urged to "check they are not being followed" after anti-vaccine protestors targeted schools across Liverpool.

The incidents involved "two males and a female" attempting to "serve notices" on senior school staff last week, while trying to film the exchanges.

Liverpool Council said seven schools were targeted from Thursday.

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While the schools weren't named, the ECHO understands the head teacher of St Francis Xavier's College, in Woolton, was confronted as part of the spate of incidents.

Schools have become a focus of a small minority of conspiracy theorists after covid vaccines were approved for children aged 12-15 last month.

The permission of parents or guardians is required, although in cases where parental consent is refused the child could still be vaccinated if they want the jab and are found to have the capacity to make the decision for themselves.

Notices have been circulated around schools in Liverpool and Knowsley warning teachers to be vigilant and make sure they are not "tailgated" when entering school.

The emails also state Merseyside Police have additional officers monitoring schools.

A spokeswoman for Liverpool Council told the ECHO: "We can confirm that seven secondary schools have been visited in Liverpool by individuals asking to ‘serve’ headteachers with papers.

"We have advised head teachers on how to manage these incidents, to ensure the safeguarding of pupils and staff, and Merseyside Police are notified immediately each time an incident occurs."

The covid vaccines have been widely shown to be safe and effective in the overwhelming majority of cases.

The city’s head of education, Jonathon Jones, said last week consent for vaccinations in students currently stood at “around 50%”, with nurses from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust administering the program in schools.

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