Vaccine centres are to mount a half-term jabs blitz on 12 - 15 year olds in a bid to curb the alarming rise in school cases.

NHS chief Amanda Pritchard has ordered 100 sites to get kids vaxxed with online appointments opening on Friday.

And tomorrow 2.5 million letters will begin landing on parents’ doorsteps urging them to book in.

Schools have been able to vaccinate nearly 500,000 pupils but rates among secondary children are higher than they were in January

Deputy head of the NHS vaccine programme Dr Nikki Kanani said: “October half-term is a convenient time for parents to get their children vaccinated.

“I urge families to give children crucial protection ahead of winter.”

Dr Nikki Kanani, deputy head of the NHS vaccine programme (

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Parents and guardians will have to accompany sons and daughters so they can give consent for the jabs to go ahead.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This will further support the vaccine rollout to build our wall of defence.”

The NHS booster programme has now delivered third doses to 4.7 million adults while three in five 16- and 17-year olds have had their single dose.

Mr Sunak will also pump £560million into training adults to improve their maths in a bid to fill one million job vacancies.

Jane Gratton of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “More needs to be done to close the skills gap and improving numeracy sits at the very heart of that.”

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