Schools' plan to vaccinate all teachers by mid-February

Schools tell PM they are 'confident' in their plan to use facilities as vaccination sites for school staff
11th January 2021, 3:01pm
Catherine Lough

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Schools' plan to vaccinate all teachers by mid-February

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Coronavirus: Schools Are Offering Up Their Facilities As Vaccination 'hubs', To Ensure That All Teachers Get The Vaccine By Mid-february

Schools have offered up their facilities as Covid-19 vaccination centres for teachers to the prime minister, stating they are "confident" this could mean all teachers are vaccinated by the middle of February.

In a letter to Boris Johnson, schools and academy trusts have said they plan to "establish local 'hub' schools dedicated to administering the vaccine to teachers, childcare workers and school support staff, starting with workers in nurseries and special schools so that these establishments can remain open over the coming weeks".


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"We have many schools that would be ideal 'hubs' for managing the vaccination process," the letter adds.

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"Such schools have refrigeration, facilities and space to enable the safe flow of people and safe storage of vaccines.  

"Moreover, we have a large force of medically trained members of staff with the ability to administer the plan in line with government compliance - a highly effective parallel implementation force that may have been overlooked, but is highly capable, expert and available for mobilisation at very short notice."

The letter was sent yesterday, signed by Sally-Anne Huang, chair of the private schools' body the Headmasters' and Headmistress' Conference; Julian Drinkall, chief executive of the Academies Enterprise Trust; Chris Jansen, chief executive of global private schools' group Cognita; and Nick Hudson, chief executive of Ormiston Academies Trust.

"We are confident that our plan would achieve national reach within a very short timescale," the letter says.  

"In addition, it would draw upon the inherent goodwill that exists within the parent communities in our schools, with parent volunteering efforts unleashing a wave of popular enthusiasm for the delivery of this programme."

The Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care have been contacted for comment.

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