Updated on December 27, 2020
Slightly Political Post – Covid Vaccine
So, I have been thinking a lot recently about this as it’s very much in the news (good news for a change.) This year has been so strange for all of us in Early Years as we constantly change and adapt and are put under increasing pressure to serve the families that rely on us and the services we provide. The news that the first of the vaccinces are being rolled out was such a tremendous boost to the morale of the whole country.
Quite rightly the elderly, vulnerable, NHS and social care staff (including care home staff) are in line to get theirs first I feel that, yet again, Early Years and education staff are being left out. Althugh the risk of children spreading the virus is low the risk is still there. Children may be silent carriers of the virus and could, potentially, pass that onto staff who could then pass it on to their own families.
I’m not demanding to get my vaccine now, I just want to know why Early Years and School staff aren’t in with the first group for vaccination? I wish I had the answer to that, however I have emailed my own MP and sent a tweet to both Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock. Let’s see what they have to say.
If you want to send an email to your own MP then feel free to borrow my email below:
Dear **NAME OF MP**,
I write to you as one of your constituents and also a key worker in an Early Years setting to ask you a question.
With the current rollout of the vaccine it has identified that the elderly and vulnerable as well as NHS, social care and care home staff should be getting their vaccination first ahead of various other categories of the population. While I fully support that, I fail to understand how key workers in Early Years and Education aren’t being included in this early delivery.? Like our colleagues in the NHS and Social Care we have worked tirelessly, under extreme pressures and with constantly changing guidelines, to continue to provide people with the childcare they needed. Children are capable of carrying the virus without showing symptoms and this can then be passed on to the adults in the setting who could, potentially, spread this to a vulnerable family member. Therefore could you please could you explain to me why we haven’t been included in this early delivery?
I look forward to your reply.