Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has written to Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson in support of teachers and school staff receiving a prioritised Covid-19 vaccination.
In the letter, Marie, wrote: “All school teachers and staff deserve to have a safe environment in which to work. In addition, there is a strong economic argument for prioritising reopening of schools when virus transmission levels allow. For many parents with young children, it also verges on impossible to work at home whilst ensuring their children are continuing with learning.”
She added: “The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) note in their advice published on December 30th that after phase 1 of the vaccine programme, the next phase could prioritise ‘those delivering key public services’. It is our position that teachers and school staff most definitely fall into this category. We therefore call on teachers and school staff in all school settings to be prioritised in the next phase of the vaccine rollout and would be grateful for your support on this issue.”
You can read the letter here.