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As the NASUWT's #Vaccinate2Educate continues to gain influence a new poll shows the public are getting behind our call for teachers and education staff to be given priority for the vaccine.

Almost half of Britons (46%) believe teachers and nursery workers should be next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, after currently prioritised groups including care home workers, frontline health and social care workers, over-70s and those who are clinically vulnerable.

The results of the poll by Ipsos MORI follow strong support across the political and scientific establishment for those working in schools to be vaccinated.

Since the start of our campaign Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi and Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer have all supported the aims of our influential campaign.

And the head of the NHS, Sir Simon Stevens said there is as a "legitimate discussion" to be had about teacher being vaccinated after the first four priority groups receive their jabs.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said: "As a result of our Vaccinate2Educate campaign we are now on the brink of securing priority access to vaccines for teachers and education staff which will help to ensure they are not only safer at work but it demonstrates we are the union that is leading on protecting children's rights to education.

"Our Vaccinate2Educate campaign has secured from politicians the length and breadth of the country - it is making a difference.

"Add your voice to our campaign and when the vaccine is offered we encourage you to get it."

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