Teachers could be ‘bumped up’ Covid-19 vaccine priority list in ‘phase 2’

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Teachers could be 'bumped up' the priority list for vaccinations in a bid to reopen schools, a vaccine committee member has said.

Professor Adam Finn of the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI), which makes recommendations to the government on the priority list, said a new list would begin to be discussed on Thursday.

And he said the body were under orders to come up with a new plan by the middle of February.

He told Sky News: “Absolutely that’s the next phase of the programme and JCVI will be discussing over the coming month ‘phase two’ if you like, of who will be prioritised next.”

Professor Finn went on: “As you can appreciate these considerations start to be social values in a way, more than the criteria we normally use which is pressure on the health service.

“There are broader considerations when it comes to people with different occupations and the relative importance they have to society.

“But I would certainly be a strong advocate for schools and teachers.”

Schools are currently closed due to the new variants of the virus
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Prof Finn said he couldn’t predict exactly what would be prioritised.

And he said the vaccine rollout will already have prevented thousands of people from having to be admitted to hospital with the virus.

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The Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Bristol told Sky News' Sophy Ridge: "It's really too soon for the vaccine to have started having a measurable impact, but we can predict that already it's preventing cases just simply from the numbers of people who've received the vaccine which is now approaching one-and-a-half million people, and the rate of infection that's occurring which is really very high now.

"So there are certainly thousands of people already who have not been admitted to hospital and who will not be dying of this infection as a consequence of the programme that's begun in December."

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