Police fury over Covid vaccine roll-out snub: JCVI says jab will be offered to people based on age
Added 02-26-21 02:36:03pm EST - “The Department of Health today confirmed it will follow the advice from the JCVI and continue with its 'age-based rollout' once it gets past the top priority groups by April 15, with those in their 40s next.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Fury erupted today after the Government confirmed police officers and teachers would not be bumped up the Covid vaccine priority list once the NHS has made its way through 32million people in the top nine priority groups.
Ministers announced they will continue with the age-based approach recommended by leading scientists, paving the way for everyone in their forties to be jabbed in April before the roll-out eventually reaches every remaining adult.
But police and teaching unions were outraged at being ignored in the next phase of the inoculation drive.
Metropolitan Police Federation chief Ken Marsh slammed the 'absurd' plan, calling it 'absolutely disgusting' and arguing that health officials 'don't give a damn about us'.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, also attacked the announcement, telling the BBC that prioritising teachers would 'reassure' them and 'minimise disruption to education caused by staff absence as a result of Covid'. Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance (EYA), accused the Government of being 'lazy' in its decision not to prioritise key workers.
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