School staff at risk should be a vaccine priority | Letters

Pamela Strachan, Jeanne Warren and Judith Wright react to the vaccination programme. Plus Peter Spargo is defeated by bureaucracy in his attempt to be a volunteer vaccinator

Our prime minister reassures us that there are four groups who will have priority for vaccination (England to enter toughest Covid lockdown since March, 4 January). But there is no mention of the teaching assistants who are required to teach the children of key workers. It seems inequitable that teachers can remain at home while higher-level teaching assistants have to care for these children in primary schools. My daughter must travel by public transport to her school to work – higher-level teaching assistants are paid less, but are required to be on the frontline and exposed to an increased risk of infection. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation must urgently review the vaccination priority categories.
Pamela Strachan
Glenhighton, Scottish Borders

Your article says that it is “public health pragmatism” when the government decides to ignore the protocol on the time between vaccine doses (How is the Oxford Covid vaccine being deployed in England?, 3 January). But it is not pragmatism, it is recklessness – unless there is an evidence-based answer to this question: if I get the second dose of my Pfizer vaccine 12 weeks after the first, how protected will I be?
Jeanne Warren
Garsington, Oxfordshire

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