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Conspiracy theorists falsely tell children vaccines will ‘paralyse them’


Sir William Borlase grammar school was visited on Thursday (Picture: Google)

Anti-vaxxers with loudspeakers swooped on three Buckinghamshire schools and plied pupils as young as 11 with false messages about the Covid vaccines.

They urged them to scan a QR code which linked to a song warning them against getting a jab.

The conspiracy theorists targeted the Amersham School last Monday, the Beaconsfield School on Wednesday and Sir William Borlase grammar on Thursday.

Children were given fliers which falsely claimed they would get autism or be paralysed if they got jabbed.

Parents even said activists photographed the pupils who took their leaflets.

One of them read: ‘Taking the £clotshot won’t save your granny.’

Another said: ‘Why would you inject an mRNA jab, still on trial until 2023?’

All Covid vaccines available in Britain received regulatory approval and were deemed safe for use by medical experts.  

Children have been advised to get double jabbed to avoid catching the virus and long Covid (Picture: Getty)

Parents and headteachers spoke out after police attended the final protest on Thursday and made the activists flee.

Xocoa Sharma, whose son is at the Sir William Borlase, said anti-vaxxers attended after hearing about flu and Covid jabs being administered at the school.

She said they were ‘shouting the Covid jab gives you autism, scaring the kids’.

Xocoa added: ‘They were shouting that the jab would paralyse them and arguing with teachers saying the injections are poison.’

A mum of a pupil at Amersham School said: ‘Your leaflet has been placed exactly where it deserves to be, in the bin.

A nurse administers a dose of a Pfizer vaccine (Picture: AFP/Getty)

‘Parents and children can make up their minds.’

Its headteacher Sharon Jarrett said: ‘No child should feel harassed when either coming to school or leaving school – in my opinion.’

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: ‘I can confirm that officers did attend Sir William Borlase school in Marlow to reports that there were people handing out leaflets to those entering the school.

‘Those who were handing out the leaflets then left.’

The vaccine rollout was extended to children aged 12-15 in mid-September, with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advising a single dose of Pfizer will significantly reduce the chance of a young person getting

It may have come as little surprise to the Buckinghamshire headteachers that their schools were targeted: school leaders nationwide were put on red alert over the potential of anti-vax protesters picketing schools, with senior staff issued with guidance on how to respond if their buildings are targeted by demonstrators.


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