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When will teachers get the Covid vaccine?


Schools will be the first to reopen after lockdown (Picture: Getty)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that schools will ‘be very much the first to open’ after lockdown – however, this will not be until at least March 8.

The government has outlined the priority order for the coronavirus vaccine, with care home residents and their carers at the top.

Once the UK’s ‘high-risk’ citizens have been immunised, the vaccine rollout will be extended to cover more priority groups.

But when will teachers get the Covid-19 vaccine?

When will teachers get the Covid vaccine?

The government has not yet outlined a definitive date for when teachers will be offered the coronavirus vaccine.

Headteachers and teachers’ unions are calling for them to be vaccinated before schools reopen.

The vaccine rollout has been hailed as a success so far. (Picture: Ian Forsyth/ Getty Images)

It is thought that teachers could get the vaccine as part of the second phase of the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

The minister in charge of vaccinations, Nadhim Zahawi, told Times Radio last week that once the most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated, key workers could be next in line.

She said: ‘Teachers, police officers, shop workers, those who through no fault of their own other than the work that they do may come into contact with the virus in much greater volume, should be top of the list.’

This has not been confirmed by the Prime Minister. The details of the vaccine rollout beyond Phase One is yet to be outlined to the public.

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What are the priority groups for the Covid vaccine?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has examined data on who suffers the worst outcomes from coronavirus and who is at highest risk of death.

They are thought to represent 90-99% of those at risk of dying from Covid-19.

The priority groups for receiving the coronavirus vaccine are as follows:

  1. Older adults in a care home and care home workers
  2. All those who are 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
  3. All those who are 75 years of age and over
  4. All those who are 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals, excluding pregnant women and those under 18 years of age
  5. All those who are 65 years of age and over
  6. Adults aged 18 to 65 years with underlying health conditions
  7. All those aged 60 and over
  8. All those aged 55 and over
  9. All those aged 50 and over


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