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"Teachers must be vaccinated to protect them against coronavirus" Devon Lib Dems

January 9, 2021 8:10 AM

Devon Liberal Democrats have called for teachers to be vaccinated against coronavirus after the government admitted schools were the epicentre of high community transmission.

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Devon Lib Dems are calling for teachers to be vaccinated as part of category seven. This would make them a top priority after everyone working in the NHS and social care and those most at risk by virtue of their age, being clinically vulnerable or having an underlying health condition.

It comes as the Secretary of State for Education announced that teachers' estimated grades will replace GCSE and A-level results.

Devon Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education Lee Howgate, said:

"Teachers and school staff are putting themselves at risk during this pandemic in order to keep schools open.

"Now that the Prime Minister has finally admitted that schools are at the epicentre of high community Covid transmission, teachers must be given priority access to the Covid vaccine.

"Vaccinating teachers on its own won't be enough to re-open schools safely. To reduce transmission among pupils and their families, the government must ensure that the schools Covid testing programme is fit for purpose.

"We are calling for the government to explain how it expects schools to award estimated grades in place of GCSE and A-level exam results. It is astonishing that there is no plan in place for this at present, and schools, parents and teachers need certainty that results will be fair, rigorous and consistent. Time and again Gavin Williamson has passed the buck to school leaders leaving them in the dark about last-minute changes. Having no clear plan in place is unacceptable and he should resign."