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Keep providing free LFTs to school aged children

Submitted by Ana Gamez on Friday 25th February 2022

Published on Tuesday 1st March 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Thursday 1st September 2022

Signatures: 24

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aged ~ Children ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ LFTs ~ Pandemic ~ Primary ~ Ratings ~ Re ~ right thing ~ Schools ~ Secondary ~ stem

Petition Action

Keep providing free LFTs to school aged children

Petition Details

We call on the government to do the right thing and invest in children by continuing to provide free LFTs to school-aged children so that schools can maintain their current Covid-19 policies.

Additional Information

This should benefit not only children but the whole UK population by helping to stem intergenerational spread.

Throughout the pandemic the positivity rate among primary and secondary school aged children has been high. Given the high prevalence re-infections in children seems common. A recent UKHSA report showed that a significant proportion of those affected by re-infections < 90 days are children. This constant exposure occurs even with the current School's Covid-19 guidance in place. This would only be exacerbated if the government removes the tools to help schools identify and control Covid-19 spread.

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