Previously, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) booking system for the COVID-19 vaccination reflected that childcare and early years practitioners were eligible for the vaccine. Some practitioners may have already been vaccinated, or have at least received their first vaccination during this window period – however that is all about to change.
PACEY received feedback from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the NHS confirming that the vaccine appointment booking system has now been amended to reflect the fact that childcare and early years practitioners are not eligible for vaccination as part of the social care workforce, unless they are caring for clinically extremely vulnerable children.
The DHSC also stated that “childcare or early years practitioners who have received their vaccine will not be fined. However, if you have made an appointment and are not eligible, DHSC has confirmed you must cancel the appointment.”
PACEY has asked DHSC to clarify what happens to individuals who have received their first vaccination and will be due a second within 12 weeks.
Read the full article here: https://www.pacey.org.uk/news-and-views/news/news-early-years-and-childcare-vaccine-confusion/
Unfortunately, this response from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is in direct contradiction to MP Vicky Ford’s response to Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), letter asking for nursery staff to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccinations and to provide testing kits to settings instead of expecting early years practitioners to travel to testing clinics.
The question still remains – When will the childcare and early years practitioners be eligible for Covid vaccinations?