Mainstream media commentators have been quick to publish opinion minimising the responsibility of head teachers in the vaccination for Covid-19 of children on school premises. But how reliable is this opinion?
The fact is that schools must prepare a risk assessment for just about every possible scenario these days – even where a child asks to go to the toilet during a lesson. This is surely related to a fear of negating school public liability insurance.
According to one school leader, ‘As a headteacher myself, I can confirm that, if I allow an activity to take place on my school site and a child is harmed by it, I am liable. All our health and safety training confirms this. Just saying “someone else told me it was safe” won’t wash.’
So the likelihood of school leaders being held responsible for allowing Covid-19 vaccinators and vaccination on school premises should be clear.