Vaccinate 2 Educate

The NASUWT is formally launching our Vaccinate2Educate campaign - calling for all teachers and education staff to be prioritised for the coronavirus vaccine to save lives and help get children back to school.

Such a move is essential both to help protect teachers and their pupils and to allow the country to move to a situation where children are back in schools and colleges, minimising the disruption to their education.

It is in the national interest that all teachers and education staff are prioritised in the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccines. Teachers and education staff are unable to practise social distancing from their pupils and few are provided with essential PPE as part of their day-to-day roles. Many schools continue to operate with very high numbers of children and young people on-site and alternative provision continues to operate as normal.

With provision for younger age children and for children with special and additional learning needs, it is clear that there are additional risks present which are comparable to those that exist in the provision of health and social care.

It is right that health and social care staff are prioritised, but the NASUWT believes that teachers must also be identified as a priority group for the vaccine.

Join the campaign

  1. Download the campaign resources on the right/below to use on your own social media, using the hashtag #Vaccinate2Educate.
  2. Use the model text below to email your elected representatives. You can find their contact details using the following websites:
Model text [*]

Dear [NAME OF POLITICIAN]

I write to you as a constituent, a teacher and a member of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, which is calling for all teachers and education staff to be prioritised for the coronavirus vaccine to save lives and help get children back to school.

The best place for children and young people is to be in safe schools and colleges. However, there is clear evidence that teachers and education staff are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus and further measures are needed to protect all education staff from contracting this deadly virus and to ensure that education on-site within schools and colleges can be restored fully without further ongoing disruption to provision.

It is in the national interest that all teachers and education staff are prioritised in the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccines. Teachers and education staff are unable to practise social distancing from their pupils and few are provided with essential PPE as part of their day-to-day roles.

It is, of course, right that health and social care staff are prioritised for access to the vaccine, but teachers must also be identified as a priority group for the vaccine.

The public agrees with us. Nine out of ten agree that teachers should be included in a priority group for vaccinations so that schools can reopen fully and safely. The majority of the public also agree that teachers should be accorded the same priority status as front-line healthcare workers and social care staff.

I urge you to support this campaign and to write to the relevant Ministers to request that they take urgent action on this matter.

Yours sincerely

NAME
ADDRESS


Source of findings quoted in model letter: Find Out Now (pdf).