South Glos Liberal Democrats call for teachers to be vaccinated

Teacher with mask

South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have called for school staff to be vaccinated as they prepare for all children return to school.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that all children should return to school on 8th March, Councillor Jayne Stansfield, Liberal Democrat Schools Spokesperson on South Gloucestershire Council said:

“Despite some of the rhetoric, schools have not been closed over the past weeks – many children, vulnerable children and children of key workers, have continued to attend and teachers have been teaching both online and in person.

“The least we can do for our teachers and school staff, who have been working tirelessly and supporting pupils through repeated lockdowns is to ensure they are offered vaccines now.

“At the last full council, I asked the Cabinet Member to support prioritising the vaccination of teachers and school staff, to ensure their safety and to enable schools, when they do reopen to all children, to remain open.

“I would like to reiterate that call. To ensure teachers and school staff, who have put in a phenomenal effort over the past year developing and providing online education, at the same time as educating some children face-to-face, are safe – they must be given priority for vaccination.”

Image Credit: Phil Roeder

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