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Covid vaccination plans for 12 to 15 year olds across the UK are due to be announced by the government this week, with a mass vaccination program starting in schools within two weeks, the Observer has been said.

New proposals for a Covid recall program are also expected to be presented on Tuesday, but ministers are believed to be moving away from Covid passport plans in confined environments such as nightclubs amid opposition from some Tory MPs .

It is believed that vaccinations for children will begin on September 22. NHS leaders were reportedly made aware of the plans after schools were asked to be ready to introduce the program.

The move follows the conclusion of a review by the chief medical officers of health (CMOs) of the four countries, led by Chris Whitty.

When asked to confirm the plan, a source from the Department of Health said ministers have not received final notices from CMOs and do not want to prejudge them.

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