Plans for school hubs to vaccinate teachers

School leaders have said dedicated coronavirus vaccine hubs could see all teachers and childcare workers vaccinated by mid-February.

The Ormiston Academies Trust’s CEO Nick Hudson has co-signed a letter alongside leaders of independent schools’ group Cognita, Academies Enterprise Trust and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference to the government recommending local hubs should be set up in schools.

The OAT has several schools in Norfolk.

The letter said leaders from state and independent education sectors have been working to create a plan to enable the government to vaccinate all teachers and childcare workers before mid-February.

The groups said they were confident the plan could achieve national reach in a “very short timescale” and would also draw upon its parent volunteering community.

The leaders wrote: “As the Government works hard to bring Covid under control, we believe it is vital that alongside the current vaccination programme for the most at risk, the other greatest urgency is to get schools open again. Vital for the future of our children and young people.

“We have many schools that would be ideal “hubs” for managing the vaccination process. 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.”

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