Call to push teachers up vaccine list amid concerns over 'high attendance' in Cheshire East schools

  Posted: 12.01.21 at 20:01 by Ethan Davies, Local Democracy Reporter

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SCHOOL staff should be moved up the Covid-19 vaccine priority list, say senior Cheshire East councillors

It was revealed at the authority's Cabinet meeting today (Tuesday) that Cheshire East's Director of Public Health Dr Matt Tyrer has been asked to speak with NHS officials over the move.

Labour Cabinet member for children and families Kathryn Flavell said: “I am very concerned about the situation in schools, as we have had a much higher attendance than we would have hoped in this lockdown with the extension of the critical worker list and less use of furlough.

“I do know that staff in secondary schools have been tested once a week. With regards to vaccination, I would agree they are a priority group.

“Frontline health workers are being vaccinated as a priority and teachers should come somewhere on that list, certainly after the February half term when children come back.”

Cllr Jill Rhodes, portfolio holder for public health, added: “We have already raised this issue with our Director of Public Health, and we can ask him to take it back to the NHS. We recognise the concerns of teachers.”

Yesterday, Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said that teachers, police officers and other frontline public sector workers would be in the "highest category of phase two" of the inoculation programme.

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