Hancock hints teachers to be fast-tracked for Covid vaccine – outlines ‘very strong case’

Hancock hints teachers to be fast-tracked for Covid vaccine – outlines ‘very strong case’

The Health Secretary said he was looking into who should be next in line to receive a jab after those most at risk.

The Government once those critically vulnerable to be vaccinated by February 15.

Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, Mr Hancock said: “Once we have vaccinated those who are clinically vulnerable, of course, we are considering who then should be the next priority to vaccinate.

“Teachers have a very strong case, as have those who work in nurseries.

“Many colleagues across the House have made that point and we will consider that.”

Schools have been forced to shut in England as part of a new lockdown and there are hopes vaccinating teachers will speed up how quickly they can re-open.

Mr Hancock has said the new measures are needed because of the drastic rise in coronavirus cases over the past fortnight.

Yesterday the number of positive tests surpassed 60,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, new figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate one in every 50 people in England now have Covid, with the number rising to one in every 30 in London.

This morning Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the rapid spread as “frightening”.

He said: “When the ONS reports that more than two percent of the population is now infected and when the number of patients in hospitals in England is now 40 percent higher than the first peak in April it is inescapable that the facts are changing and we must change our response.”

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Published at Wed, 06 Jan 2021 15:15:00 +0000