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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Matt Hancock has again rejected calls for teachers to be prioritised in the vaccine schedule ahead of the expected return of schools in England next month.Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme, the Health Secretary said: “We’ve asked the expert group, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), what order we should vaccinate in, broadly in order to reduce the number of deaths as fast as possible.“They set out the priority groups one to nine, which includes those who are clinically most vulnerable and their carers, and includes the over-50s, going down the age range.i's education newsletter: news and analysis as schools try to return to normalEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.“They are currently considering, after that, what might be the best order in terms of clinical priority.”He added that there was not “strong evidence” that teachers were more likely to catch Covid-19 than any other group, but that he would “leave it for the JCVI to set out what they think is the best order in which to do this that minimises the number of deaths.“ Read More Two thirds of people aged 65 to 69 have had first Covid jab, just a week after invites were sent Covid rates among teaching staff have been up to four times higher than the local average in some areas of England, it emerged in early January.Figures obtained by the teaching union NASUWT for three local authority areas found coronavirus infection rates among teachers outstripped those of the locality.Mr Hancock’s comments follow those made last month when he said that teaching staff had a “good shout” of being near the top of the coronavirus vaccine list once the most clinically vulnerable had received their jabs.The news comes as all four countries of the United Kingdom continue to work on the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, with a return to classrooms cited as a top priority for decision-makers.In Scotland and Wales, the first phase of pupils are set to return to schools and nurseries from Monday, while 8 March is pipped as the date students in England could return to classrooms.
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.On Sunday, nine education organisations, including the teacher’s union NASUWT, issued a statement urging “caution” on the wider opening of schools and colleges in England ahead of the Prime Minister’s expected announcement on Monday. Read More How will schools reopen? All we know about how UK schools will return, from Covid tests to teacher vaccines “We are committed to bringing all children and young people back into the classroom as soon as possible,” it begins.“However, it is counterproductive if there is a danger of causing another surge in the virus, and the potential for a further period of lockdown. Wider opening must be safe and sustainable.”“The science around the role that schools play in the overall rate of transmission is uncertain. Scientists have expressed different views on this point.“What we do know is that the full reopening of schools will bring nearly 10 million pupils and staff into circulation in England – close to one fifth of the population.“This is not a small easing of lockdown restrictions. It is a massive step.”
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