Vaccines for school staff
Vaccines are being provided to people on a priority basis as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and we will work through to reach other groups as quickly as vaccine supply allows and, hopefully, other vaccines are approved. The JCVI prioritisation list clearly recognises that age presents the greatest risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 - and therefore it is providing protection to those on that list which is the Scottish Government’s priority. The JCVI priority list represents 99% of the preventable mortality from COVID-19 and throughout the delivery of the vaccination programme we will be guided by the clinical expertise of the JCVI, the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and our own senior clinical advisers.
It is hoped that all those on the JCVI prioritisation list will be vaccinated by the end of spring 2021, supplies permitting. A proportion of school staff will fall within the JCVI priority list and will be offered the vaccine in line with this. This includes specific staff working with children and young people with specific complex additional support needs.
It is important to note that vaccination does not change the need to continue all current COVID-19 mitigation measures (for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals) to protect staff and children and young people from transmission of the virus. A person’s vaccine status does NOT change subsequent public health actions or interventions (including self-isolation) at this time. Vaccinated people should continue to comply with ALL testing regimes as per unvaccinated people, until guidance on this changes. Therefore those who work in close contact with children and young people, should continue to be assessed for the use of PPE and other protection measures.
Consideration is underway as to whether other key worker groups, including school staff and childcare workers could be considered a priority for vaccination, once the clinically high-risk groups have been vaccinated.