Prioritise special school staff in Covid 19 vaccinations.

The unique requirements of working with children with additional needs means that social distancing and effective use of PPE is virtually impossible. Vaccinating special school staff will also offer protection to the children and their families.

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Recent Documents related to Prioritise special school staff in Covid 19 vaccinations.

1. National flu immunisation programme plan
14/05/2020 - Department of Health and Social Care
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Found: immunisation programme 40 Appendix D: Health and social care worker vaccination programme 42 Appendix

2. National flu immunisation programme plan
22/03/2019 - NHS England
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Found: immunisation programme 40 Appendix D: Health and social care worker vaccination programme 42 Appendix

3. Flu vaccination in schools
24/07/2020 - Public Health England (PHE)
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Found: likely that ˜u and COVID-19 will both be circulating at the same time which means that it is more important

4. National flu immunisation programme plan
14/05/2020 - Department of Health and Social Care
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Found: letter provides information on the adults and children eligible to be vaccinated under the programme

5. National flu immunisation programme plan
22/03/2019 - NHS England
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Found: letter provides information on the adults and children eligible to be vaccinated under the programme

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Recent Speeches related to Prioritise special school staff in Covid 19 vaccinations.

1. Covid-19 Vaccination Roll-out
11/01/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: [Relevant Documents: E-petition 564155, Prioritise COVID-19 vaccines for first responders (police, fire - Speech Link
2: e-petition 554316 relating to roll-out of covid-19 vaccinations.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link

2. Covid-19
12/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: to move,That this House has considered covid-19.Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for your - Speech Link
2: particularly the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, my hon. Friend the Member for Stratford-on-Avon - Speech Link
3: be the time for Royal Mail to take on some extra staff to cover those who are off sick? It is crucial that - Speech Link
4: hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has been very clear that, while making no - Speech Link

3. Covid-19: Road Map
22/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: our people against covid. Today’s measures will apply in England, but we are working closely with the devolved - Speech Link

4. Oral Answers to Questions
23/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: the £170 million covid winter grant scheme and a £7.4 billion package of additional welfare support in - Speech Link
2: authorities to ensure that people have the financial means to self-isolate to control the spread of the virus - Speech Link
3: tested positive, their close contacts and their families. She is right that we continually look at this - Speech Link
4: shop worker, has a daughter who was sent home from school to isolate. She will not get paid, will not get - Speech Link

5. Early Years Settings: Covid-19
12/01/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on early years settings.It is - Speech Link

6. Public Health
06/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: I beg to move,That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) - Speech Link
2: just under 50% of all the sequenced genomes of covid-19 that are deposited with the World Health Organisation - Speech Link
3: tribute to all the incredible scientists and NHS staff who are preparing to deliver it. However, one of - Speech Link
4: It is doing a brilliant job at the pace that it needs to go. AstraZeneca and Pfizer are manufacturing - Speech Link
5: they do, along with nurseries and children’s special needs? If we ensure that they have it, we can continue - Speech Link
6: and they currently account for four out of five covid fatalities. I am not sure that this point has fully - Speech Link
7: hospitalisations and deaths. We will need to see the protection in lived reality on the ground, but we will watch - Speech Link

7. Covid-19: Road Map
23/02/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: our people against Covid. Today’s measures will apply in England, but we are working closely with the devolved - Speech Link
2: and the extraordinary success of our NHS in vaccinating over 17.5 million people across the UK. The data - Speech Link
3: therefore no credible route to a zero-Covid Britain or indeed a zero-Covid world, and we cannot persist indefinitely - Speech Link
4: vaccine by the middle of February. We now aim to offer a first dose to all those in groups five to nine - Speech Link

8. Covid-19
22/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: House has considered covid-19.When I last spoke in this Chamber in a general covid debate, on 12 January - Speech Link
2: personal protective equipment for health and care staff, which was a big issue at the start. There were - Speech Link
3: is testament to the phenomenal efforts to procure PPE of the officials in my Department, in the Paymaster - Speech Link

9. Covid-19 Response
18/05/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. In order to allow more Back Benchers to participate - Speech Link
2: after ourselves, as well as each other. If someone needs support with their mental health, the NHS is there - Speech Link

10. Covid-19 Update
04/02/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: that effort, including the NHS, our dedicated staff in social care, and the residents themselves, too, for - Speech Link
2: because the take-up will directly impact how effective the vaccines are and how fast we can safely get - Speech Link
3: confident we have the supplies to meet our target to offer the vaccine to the four most vulnerable groups by - Speech Link
4: extra testing and sequencing every positive test. Working with local authorities, we are going door to door - Speech Link
5: authority offers you a test, you should take up the offer, because we know that around one in three people - Speech Link
6: the new Covid testing site in Parliament which offers all those who work here—Peers, MPs and staff—the chance - Speech Link
7: certainty that social distancing works. It denies the virus the social contact it needs to spread. We - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Prioritise special school staff in Covid 19 vaccinations.
1. Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus
asked by: Bill Esterson
02/06/2020
... what assessment he has made of the risks to school staff who work with children with special educational needs of contracting covid-19.

2. Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus
asked by: Caroline Lucas
01/02/2021
... what assessment he has made of covid-19 infection rates at schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities; what discussions he has had with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on the prioritisation of teaching staff working with children with special educational needs and disabilities for vaccination against covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

3. Disability and Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus
asked by: Lord Watson of Invergowrie
18/09/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Children’s Commissioner for England on 2 September that children with special educational needs and disabilities could be at greater risk of exclusion unless they receive additional support upon their return to school following the closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In addition, there will be some difficulties in administration of testing amongst many SEN children for a variety of reasons. Special schools will be unable to rely on testing as a way of ensuring school is covid free, as well as being unable to always understand when a child is unwell due to communication difficulties. Government currently expects SEN schools to remain open but should understand that the staff working in these environments are at considerable risk and should be prioritised.


Government Response

We are working hard to ensure everyone who has been clinically prioritised to receive a vaccine will have access to a vaccine as soon as possible.


The NHS has been working alongside its health and social care partners to ensure the vaccine can be administered safely and effectively as part of the largest vaccination programme undertaken in its history.

The government and the NHS are working hard to ensure everyone who is 70 and over, our health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable are offered the vaccine by mid-February. Over 6.8 million people across the UK have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and nearly half a million have received their second dose. There are now over 2700 sites across the UK already offering vaccines to those at risk by age and clinical priority. The network will continue to expand and evolve as we progress the deployment in the months ahead. We will expand the programme so all adults can be vaccinated by the autumn.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is the independent medical and scientific expert body which advises the UK Government on prioritisation for all vaccines. The committee’s membership is made up of practising clinicians and individuals from academia who have considered and continue to consider the impact of Covid-19 and population prioritisation as new data emerges.

For phase one of the vaccine roll-out, the underlying principles at the forefront of the advice by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation are; to reduce mortality, to protect the health and social care systems, and to save lives. Given the current epidemiological situation in the UK, all evidence indicates that the best option for preventing mortality in the initial phase of the programme is to directly protect persons most at risk. Having identified age as being the biggest determining factor to increased mortality, vaccinations have been prioritised to care home residents and staff and those over 80, followed by health and social care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and clinical risk factors.

In line with JCVI recommendations, individuals who regularly work with clinically extremely vulnerable individuals or those who have underlying health conditions, should receive the vaccine in line with social care workers. The Local Authority Director of Adult Social Services should have ultimate responsibility for identifying eligible Social Care Workers, underlined by the principle aim of achieving high rates of vaccination amongst frontline social care workers who work closely and regularly with those who are clinically vulnerable to COVID. In addition, if a special school staff member is identified as being in one of the other at-risk cohorts, they will be contacted by the NHS at the appropriate time based on JCVI advice. It is estimated that when phase one concludes, estimated to be Spring 2021 at the earliest, twenty-five million people will have been offered the Covid-19 vaccine.

The UK has a very successful record delivering vaccination programmes, but this is the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. We have an ambitious timetable. By 15 February we aim to have offered a first vaccine dose to everyone in the top four priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI):

• all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
• all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
• all those 75 years of age and over
• all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

We thank the special school staff for all the incredible work they have been undertaking throughout the pandemic, and we are working hard to ensure everyone who has been clinically prioritised to receive a vaccine will have access to a vaccine as soon as possible.

Department of Health and Social Care