When will teachers get the Covid vaccine?January 7, 2021
A COVID vaccine will be available to all adults in the UK — but people will have to wait in line because a priority list has been drawn up.
The UK has secured enough Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs for 50 million people, in addition to the Pfizer jabs which would cover 20 million.
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When will teachers get the Covid vaccine?
Matt Hancock has suggested teachers could be first in line for the vaccine once the most vulnerable groups have been inoculated, amid mounting pressure from MPs and teaching unions.
The Health Secretarytold the House of Commons that teachers and staff working in nurseries “have got a very strong case” to be prioritised for jabs “once we have vaccinated those who are clinically vulnerable.
It comes after PM Boris Johnson has faced mounting calls from Tory MPs to include teachers higher up on the priority list as a way of reopening schools quicker.
This is also being considered by the Scottish government has stressed that they will not be prioritised at the expense of those who are most at risk of dying from Covid-19.
What groups are on the vaccine priority list?
Despite the large quantities of the jab available, a priority list has been drawn up by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
This means that the most vulnerable people in society will continue to get the jab first, followed by other groups.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the vaccine as a "great British success story" which will help the country out of the pandemic "by spring".
The jab is set to be rolled out on January 4 and highlighting who would get the vaccine he said the plan is to vaccinate all vulnerable groups first but that eventually all adults, including the under-50s, will be offered a jab.
When will schools reopen?
All Primary and Secondary schools in England were forced to close on January 5.
The Prime Minister said schools will need to offer remote learning until at least mid-February and GCSE and A-level exams face cancellation for a second year.
In Scotland, schools will remain closed to the majority of pupils until at least February 1.
In Wales, all schools and colleges will move to online learning until January 18.
In Northern Ireland, many pupils will not return to school until after the half-term break in mid-February.
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