Covid-19: Early years staff 'should have vaccine priority'
11/01/2021 | news | education | 38
Access to a vaccine should be available to people like nursery workers, groups supporting them say.
1
12/01/2021 11:39:14 1 9
bbc
Sick of governot line re nurseries staying open 'to support working families'. We do KNOW that we're staying open to support working families AND vulnerable children but attendance has dropped + income is down from paying families + the govt has this time around pulled the plug on funded children who do not attend. How can nurseries PAY BILLS/WAGES and why NO VACCINE to help 'KEEP' US OPEN???
2
12/01/2021 12:18:26 10 5
bbc
Another day another group lobbying to elbow their way to the front of the vaccination queue.

Welcome to selfish Britain.
14
12/01/2021 15:48:12 2 3
bbc
you know nothing about that of which you speak. jog on.
3
12/01/2021 12:40:25 1 4
bbc
In some parts of England if you turn up at closing time at the vaccination centre they will give you the vaccine with the spare that is left over from the day’s allocation.
4
12/01/2021 12:54:01 12 3
bbc
Oh, so another sector saying they should have COVID vaccine priority. The list is getting longer and longer by the day.
13
12/01/2021 15:47:28 0 1
bbc
I am being forced to go to work with no PPE. I have always been very, very, very healthy. If I do not have the vaccine and get the virus but am asymptomatic I will be a super spreader of the virus.
5
12/01/2021 12:55:18 7 4
bbc
Selfish attitude. Queue jumpers.

The risk imposed by open nurseries is the children mixing and spreading the virus, not all about the staff! So what? Have to vaccinate all the children early too?

Schools, all including nurseries should never be open.
12
12/01/2021 15:45:44 2 1
bbc
Nurseries r being forced 2 open by the govt + some on shoe strings which r not long enough. If the nursery has any incidents of the virus + has 2 close 4 a period of self-isolation by staff etc then where will that leave families without nursery provision? I have always enjoyed rude health + am not intending 2 queue jump but would hate 2 think I am asymptomatic + thus spreading it unknowingly.
15
12/01/2021 15:52:34 0 0
bbc
i'm not sure children can be vaccinated or not, just as i'm really not sure they can be tested or not, but anyway I am not against it at all. I would ask, though, whether my child is as important as the children who come to nursery, although I do think my child is a chip off the old block and just as healthy as her dear old mama, and she could be a super spreader too.
17
12/01/2021 16:45:51 0 0
bbc
I have now done a teeny bit of research and it appears none of the vaccines have been trialled on or therefore passed for use on children (under the age of 12?)
6
12/01/2021 12:57:09 6 1
bbc
Personally, I think we should be prioritising staff who work in supermarkets as well as people who work in childcare. The former come into close proximity to God knows how many people on a daily basis with only a mask to protect them unless they're on the tills behind a screen. On a separate note, their contribution during this pandemic needs to be rewarded.
35
13/01/2021 16:59:28 0 0
bbc
Just another self-interest group, zzzzzzzzzzzz.
Customs, police, lorry drivers, checkout staff, teachers, MPS, minsters.
Even Premiership footballers, all looking to queue jump.
Sad.
7
12/01/2021 13:32:09 0 2
bbc
Better late than never . . .
8
12/01/2021 13:34:31 1 2
bbc
The right do have a long standing hatred of educators/carers.

Kids = major spreaders.

Maybe our money should serve us rather than tory grandees.
9
12/01/2021 14:35:41 3 0
bbc
How about vaccinating staff in special schools where all children are vulnerable and have the right to attend during lockdown?
16
12/01/2021 16:42:21 3 0
bbc
Hear, hear: I agree completely re special schools. I do think anyone who works in education should be prioritised for the vaccine. However, schools are to open to children of key workers + vulnerable children (I think) but nurseries are to open to ALL children on their rolls, + schools have already had more support than nurseries, esp re PPE (I think.) Nursery workers just don't seem to matter.
26
13/01/2021 05:22:05 0 0
bbc
Im a nursery teacher of over 25yrs.....How about my right as merely another human being to be allowed to be safe from the virus too!!
10
12/01/2021 14:43:42 11 1
bbc
I'm so tired of hearing about the risk to children (whether it's schools or EY) - children have never been at any real risk from Covid. The problem is that children spread diseases like nobody's business and Covid has not proven to be any different. Gov't keep trying to say otherwise but that's because they want people out at work paying their taxes - nothing to do with safety.
20
12/01/2021 19:43:08 2 2
bbc
This has nothing to do with risk to children but risk to the adults in these settings. Many of whom are over 60. Young children will not socially distance but do carry and transmit covid.
11
12/01/2021 15:19:15 3 3
bbc
All early years and primary staff should be top of the list (only behind NHS staff). Getting children under the age of 11 to social distance and not touch each other and staff is nigh impossible.

I don't work in a school, but I have a few friends who do and I also have children... I know the children are at minor risk, but the staff are right in the firing line.
21
12/01/2021 20:30:57 3 2
bbc
Thank you B. I have lots of experience + qualifications in this + other fields + tho I love (hard) working in early years right now I feel a mug to stick around at minimum wage being treated like we are by the govt. The vaccine question is not the beginning of our apparent invisibility during the pandemic + things have got worse for our sector even since this thread started.
5
12/01/2021 12:55:18 7 4
bbc
Selfish attitude. Queue jumpers.

The risk imposed by open nurseries is the children mixing and spreading the virus, not all about the staff! So what? Have to vaccinate all the children early too?

Schools, all including nurseries should never be open.
12
12/01/2021 15:45:44 2 1
bbc
Nurseries r being forced 2 open by the govt + some on shoe strings which r not long enough. If the nursery has any incidents of the virus + has 2 close 4 a period of self-isolation by staff etc then where will that leave families without nursery provision? I have always enjoyed rude health + am not intending 2 queue jump but would hate 2 think I am asymptomatic + thus spreading it unknowingly.
4
12/01/2021 12:54:01 12 3
bbc
Oh, so another sector saying they should have COVID vaccine priority. The list is getting longer and longer by the day.
13
12/01/2021 15:47:28 0 1
bbc
I am being forced to go to work with no PPE. I have always been very, very, very healthy. If I do not have the vaccine and get the virus but am asymptomatic I will be a super spreader of the virus.
2
12/01/2021 12:18:26 10 5
bbc
Another day another group lobbying to elbow their way to the front of the vaccination queue.

Welcome to selfish Britain.
14
12/01/2021 15:48:12 2 3
bbc
you know nothing about that of which you speak. jog on.
5
12/01/2021 12:55:18 7 4
bbc
Selfish attitude. Queue jumpers.

The risk imposed by open nurseries is the children mixing and spreading the virus, not all about the staff! So what? Have to vaccinate all the children early too?

Schools, all including nurseries should never be open.
15
12/01/2021 15:52:34 0 0
bbc
i'm not sure children can be vaccinated or not, just as i'm really not sure they can be tested or not, but anyway I am not against it at all. I would ask, though, whether my child is as important as the children who come to nursery, although I do think my child is a chip off the old block and just as healthy as her dear old mama, and she could be a super spreader too.
9
12/01/2021 14:35:41 3 0
bbc
How about vaccinating staff in special schools where all children are vulnerable and have the right to attend during lockdown?
16
12/01/2021 16:42:21 3 0
bbc
Hear, hear: I agree completely re special schools. I do think anyone who works in education should be prioritised for the vaccine. However, schools are to open to children of key workers + vulnerable children (I think) but nurseries are to open to ALL children on their rolls, + schools have already had more support than nurseries, esp re PPE (I think.) Nursery workers just don't seem to matter.
5
12/01/2021 12:55:18 7 4
bbc
Selfish attitude. Queue jumpers.

The risk imposed by open nurseries is the children mixing and spreading the virus, not all about the staff! So what? Have to vaccinate all the children early too?

Schools, all including nurseries should never be open.
17
12/01/2021 16:45:51 0 0
bbc
I have now done a teeny bit of research and it appears none of the vaccines have been trialled on or therefore passed for use on children (under the age of 12?)
18
12/01/2021 18:04:48 0 0
bbc
Logically if young children can not be vaccinated yet due to lack of trials and testing, then they should be at home isolated until all adults are, and the virus marginalised by herd immunity.
17
12/01/2021 16:45:51 0 0
bbc
I have now done a teeny bit of research and it appears none of the vaccines have been trialled on or therefore passed for use on children (under the age of 12?)
18
12/01/2021 18:04:48 0 0
bbc
Logically if young children can not be vaccinated yet due to lack of trials and testing, then they should be at home isolated until all adults are, and the virus marginalised by herd immunity.
22
12/01/2021 20:44:20 1 0
bbc
but unfortunately the govt is forcing us to open - if you have the ear of the PM perhaps you could have a word with him - tho going by past performance he may just say stuff the lot of em they're out of a (funded) job and sayonara to many (probably predominantly female) working parents...?
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12/01/2021 18:02:56 0 1
bbc
Our school nursery is open to all children (regardless of whether parents are key workers) in line with government guidance so my child can attend.
However government is also saying don’t leave home unless you absolutely have to.
Just interested to know whether taking him would be regarded as an acceptable journey?
23
12/01/2021 21:15:35 3 1
bbc
I work in EY + wish I had an answer for u but don't. The main worry is that EY children missing out will harm their development + futures but of course physical health is also paramount. If anyone works out an answer please let me know as my own child* is missing out on 'school as normal' (currently doing online learning) and I'm extremely concerned about the social ramifications of *this.
10
12/01/2021 14:43:42 11 1
bbc
I'm so tired of hearing about the risk to children (whether it's schools or EY) - children have never been at any real risk from Covid. The problem is that children spread diseases like nobody's business and Covid has not proven to be any different. Gov't keep trying to say otherwise but that's because they want people out at work paying their taxes - nothing to do with safety.
20
12/01/2021 19:43:08 2 2
bbc
This has nothing to do with risk to children but risk to the adults in these settings. Many of whom are over 60. Young children will not socially distance but do carry and transmit covid.
11
12/01/2021 15:19:15 3 3
bbc
All early years and primary staff should be top of the list (only behind NHS staff). Getting children under the age of 11 to social distance and not touch each other and staff is nigh impossible.

I don't work in a school, but I have a few friends who do and I also have children... I know the children are at minor risk, but the staff are right in the firing line.
21
12/01/2021 20:30:57 3 2
bbc
Thank you B. I have lots of experience + qualifications in this + other fields + tho I love (hard) working in early years right now I feel a mug to stick around at minimum wage being treated like we are by the govt. The vaccine question is not the beginning of our apparent invisibility during the pandemic + things have got worse for our sector even since this thread started.
18
12/01/2021 18:04:48 0 0
bbc
Logically if young children can not be vaccinated yet due to lack of trials and testing, then they should be at home isolated until all adults are, and the virus marginalised by herd immunity.
22
12/01/2021 20:44:20 1 0
bbc
but unfortunately the govt is forcing us to open - if you have the ear of the PM perhaps you could have a word with him - tho going by past performance he may just say stuff the lot of em they're out of a (funded) job and sayonara to many (probably predominantly female) working parents...?
19
12/01/2021 18:02:56 0 1
bbc
Our school nursery is open to all children (regardless of whether parents are key workers) in line with government guidance so my child can attend.
However government is also saying don’t leave home unless you absolutely have to.
Just interested to know whether taking him would be regarded as an acceptable journey?
23
12/01/2021 21:15:35 3 1
bbc
I work in EY + wish I had an answer for u but don't. The main worry is that EY children missing out will harm their development + futures but of course physical health is also paramount. If anyone works out an answer please let me know as my own child* is missing out on 'school as normal' (currently doing online learning) and I'm extremely concerned about the social ramifications of *this.
24
12/01/2021 22:17:19 1 2
bbc
teachers should get ppe and a jab
but heard that some were complaining because on line was an invasion of privacy...unacceptable
Removed
24
12/01/2021 22:17:19 1 2
bbc
teachers should get ppe and a jab
but heard that some were complaining because on line was an invasion of privacy...unacceptable
Removed
9
12/01/2021 14:35:41 3 0
bbc
How about vaccinating staff in special schools where all children are vulnerable and have the right to attend during lockdown?
26
13/01/2021 05:22:05 0 0
bbc
Im a nursery teacher of over 25yrs.....How about my right as merely another human being to be allowed to be safe from the virus too!!
27
Ray
13/01/2021 10:07:33 2 1
bbc
I'm sure there are lots of other groups who could, and probably will make a case for being at the front of the queue.
Supermarket staff, taxi drivers and anyone else who comes into contact with the public.
And then there is all the "me me me" brigade who will demand to be first.
The government have set out an order of priorities, let it run and stop anyone trying to make a case to queue jump.
30
13/01/2021 11:23:42 4 0
bbc
Well said, I work in social care and my husband stamps passports so we can all make a case for jumping the cue, everyone needs to be patient
36
13/01/2021 17:44:46 0 0
bbc
The govnot set the order 'on the hoof' + changed it (NHS staff were - quite rightly I believe - 2 b first in line) only shortly after making it known, so it has been, all along, done with little (informed) thinking. The nearest nursery 2 me closed this morning as some1 recently on their premises got a positive result. So the order of priorities endures + mayhem ensues. Yay?
28
13/01/2021 10:16:48 2 3
bbc
http://chng.it/g7ZXqkfL

We are running a petition on behalf of the childcare sector to help boost us up the ladder for receiving the vaccine.
Please find the link to our petition which we are hoping to pass on to the Oireachtas next week.
So far we have over 700 signatures. All of which are childhood workers and families.
If you could sign it would be much appreciated.

http://chng.it/g7ZXqkfL
31
13/01/2021 12:02:55 2 0
bbc
You are no more deserving than millions of front line workers, try being patient like everyone else.
33
13/01/2021 13:57:22 0 0
bbc
stop this petition rubbish, i think you have another agenda
29
13/01/2021 11:16:25 4 1
bbc
Sadly not everybody can be at the top of the list.

Stick with the JCVI recommendations which at least have some claim to being independent and in the best interests of the community.

Or we could change it to "whoever shouts loudest"
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Ray
13/01/2021 10:07:33 2 1
bbc
I'm sure there are lots of other groups who could, and probably will make a case for being at the front of the queue.
Supermarket staff, taxi drivers and anyone else who comes into contact with the public.
And then there is all the "me me me" brigade who will demand to be first.
The government have set out an order of priorities, let it run and stop anyone trying to make a case to queue jump.
30
13/01/2021 11:23:42 4 0
bbc
Well said, I work in social care and my husband stamps passports so we can all make a case for jumping the cue, everyone needs to be patient
28
13/01/2021 10:16:48 2 3
bbc
http://chng.it/g7ZXqkfL

We are running a petition on behalf of the childcare sector to help boost us up the ladder for receiving the vaccine.
Please find the link to our petition which we are hoping to pass on to the Oireachtas next week.
So far we have over 700 signatures. All of which are childhood workers and families.
If you could sign it would be much appreciated.

http://chng.it/g7ZXqkfL
31
13/01/2021 12:02:55 2 0
bbc
You are no more deserving than millions of front line workers, try being patient like everyone else.
32
RJS
13/01/2021 12:23:59 2 1
bbc
I'm more important than you and want my vaccine now. Afraid that's the attitude of the great British public nowadays.
28
13/01/2021 10:16:48 2 3
bbc
http://chng.it/g7ZXqkfL

We are running a petition on behalf of the childcare sector to help boost us up the ladder for receiving the vaccine.
Please find the link to our petition which we are hoping to pass on to the Oireachtas next week.
So far we have over 700 signatures. All of which are childhood workers and families.
If you could sign it would be much appreciated.

http://chng.it/g7ZXqkfL
33
13/01/2021 13:57:22 0 0
bbc
stop this petition rubbish, i think you have another agenda
34
13/01/2021 16:37:17 0 0
bbc
teachers should get ppe and a jab of course
but heard that some were complaining because on line teaching was an invasion of privacy...unacceptable
6
12/01/2021 12:57:09 6 1
bbc
Personally, I think we should be prioritising staff who work in supermarkets as well as people who work in childcare. The former come into close proximity to God knows how many people on a daily basis with only a mask to protect them unless they're on the tills behind a screen. On a separate note, their contribution during this pandemic needs to be rewarded.
35
13/01/2021 16:59:28 0 0
bbc
Just another self-interest group, zzzzzzzzzzzz.
Customs, police, lorry drivers, checkout staff, teachers, MPS, minsters.
Even Premiership footballers, all looking to queue jump.
Sad.
27
Ray
13/01/2021 10:07:33 2 1
bbc
I'm sure there are lots of other groups who could, and probably will make a case for being at the front of the queue.
Supermarket staff, taxi drivers and anyone else who comes into contact with the public.
And then there is all the "me me me" brigade who will demand to be first.
The government have set out an order of priorities, let it run and stop anyone trying to make a case to queue jump.
36
13/01/2021 17:44:46 0 0
bbc
The govnot set the order 'on the hoof' + changed it (NHS staff were - quite rightly I believe - 2 b first in line) only shortly after making it known, so it has been, all along, done with little (informed) thinking. The nearest nursery 2 me closed this morning as some1 recently on their premises got a positive result. So the order of priorities endures + mayhem ensues. Yay?
37
13/01/2021 21:16:49 0 0
bbc
that is all very good and nice

BUT why have all kids to go back to school on the 18th.

This week:
record number of daily deaths
record number of daily and weely new infections

none in westminster do make any send, LD, CONS, Greens nor LAB
38
13/01/2021 21:21:58 0 0
bbc
UK's chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty told the BBC that nurseries were open "to allow people who need to go to work or need to do particular activities to do so".

"We all do know that children are at very,very low risk of this virus relative to other ages. The fact that nurseries are open,it's not a risk to the children."

Build-up Herd Immunity still his priority - what about the adults