An NHS director is warning parents about hoax Covid-19 vaccine letters which have been reportedly sent to schools.

The programme to offer three million 12 to 15 year-olds their first jab started on September 20, and is expected to be delivered within schools.

Some head teachers say they have been targeted by letters, with a fake NHS logo, which includes a "consent checklist" that teachers are asked to share with students, the PA news agency reports.

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After a parent shared one of these “checklists” on Twitter, NHS England medical director for Covid immunisation Dr Jonathan Leach replied: “Just to confirm that this is not a legitimate NHS form.”

Earlier in September, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said it was aware some schools have been receiving campaign letters and emails with “misinformation” about the vaccine programme, following ministers allowing children aged 12 to 15 to get a first jab.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi on Monday noted vaccination was not mandatory and remained a personal choice, but was critical of those who have abused and threatened school staff.

“As Education Secretary, I want teachers and students to know that I will always stand up for them and tackle harassment head on, so teachers can do their vital jobs safely and children can get the education they deserve – regardless of choices made over vaccination,” Mr Zahawi wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

Official guidance suggests head teachers who believe protests could be held outside their school over participation in the Covid vaccination programme should contact police to help manage the situation.

Vaccinating children was among the issues protesters in Newcastle marched over on Saturday September 25.

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