SCHOOL children unable to receive their Covid vaccine will be signposted to “dedicated clinics”, health officials have confirmed.

Concerns were raised school children weren’t able to get their Covid vaccine after supplies ran out on visits to the education settings.

However, a spokesperson for the Dorset Covid-19 vaccination programme said alternative arrangements would be made for those unable to receive their jab.

The spokesperson said: “The NHS is working extremely hard to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination in Dorset to local people, including all children aged 12 to 15. We are grateful to schools, parents and children for their patience.

“The ambitious programme is a significant undertaking, especially as it is running at the same time as the wider Covid-19 vaccination programme, including boosters, and the flu vaccination programme.

“All schools have been given a date for a Covid-19 vaccine visit and children aged 12-15 will be offered the vaccination providing they have parental consent. If children don’t get their vaccine on the day of the school clinic, alternative arrangements will be made for them to receive their jab.

“To ensure we vaccinate as many 12-15 year olds as possible, any children that were unable to receive the vaccine on the day of the school visit have been signposted, through the school, to one of our dedicated clinics at Vespasian House or Sunninghill Prep School in Dorchester or King’s Park Hospital in Bournemouth.

“Alternatively, parents can book an appointment for their child on the national booking site or via 119. If a school clinic was cancelled, the visit will be re-booked or children will be offered appointments at our dedicated clinics.”