Have your say: Should teachers and school staff be vaccinated during February half term?

Chris Parsons
·News Editor
·1-min read

The debate over COVID vaccine priority continued this week, as calls increased for teacher and school staff to receive the jab next month.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said this week coronavirus vaccines should be given to all teacher and school workers in the February half term.

Nearly 7.5million people have had their first vaccine jab in the UK, as the government tries to hit its pledge of vaccinating 15 million by mid-February.

Starmer, however, said that once the first four categories of the most vulnerable have been vaccinated by mid-February, the PM should bring forward the vaccination of key workers, using February half term to give the jab to all teachers and school staff.

When confronted in the Commons this week, Boris Johnson replied: Of course, it follows that all teachers in JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) groups one to nine will be vaccinated as a matter of priority.

“And I pay tribute, by the way, to the huge efforts parents are making across the country struggling to educate their kids, I know how deeply frustrating it is, the extra burden that we have placed on families by closing the schools.

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“And no-one has worked harder than my right honourable friend the Education Secretary (Gavin Williamson) to keep schools open. We all want to open schools.”

Do you are with the Labour leader that teachers and school staff should be next to be vaccinated after the first four groups of most vulnerable Britons? Vote in our Yahoo UK poll to have your say.