he government has taken the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and decided that teachers won’t be prioritised for vaccination; instead the strategy of targeting age groups will continue.
So, when 10 million school children return to the classroom on 8 March, many teachers will do so without the protection of a vaccine.
The government has been clear that education is a priority and that any period of school closures damages the life chances of all children, but in particular it disproportionately impacts children from low-income households. As always it is for government to set policy having listened to the scientific evidence. The JCVI and deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam emphasised this impact on children but argued the data shows teachers are not a high-risk group when it comes to the threat of dying or requiring hospitalisation due to Covid-19.
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