The Torygraph reports:

A Roman Catholic school has barred 12 and 13-year-old pupils from being immunized against cervical cancer on its premises.

Governors of St Monica’s RC High School in Prestwich, Bury, Greater Manchester, reached the decision even though the vaccination programme has been approved by the Catholic hierarchy in Britain.

Although a letter outlining the governors’ stance makes no mention of moral objections, at least one of their number has previously criticized the injections for “encouraging sexual promiscuity”.

The Governors claim that they are motivated by their fear of “side effects”.