Episode 316

Should Teachers be Prioritised to Receive the COVID-19 Vax?

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The Independent Education Union has said that it’s high time to vaccinate teachers and support staff against COVID-19.

The Delta variant which has been spreading throughout the country these school holidays is known to be far more transmissable, particularly among children. 

Do you think teachers and school staff should qualify as essential workers and prioritised for their vaccinations? 

President Biden of the USA has declared that teachers are to be prioritised. 

These 17 countries have already prioritised teachers in their vaccine rollouts.

From the Queensland Government 29/06/21

Current stance for COVID-19 vaccine rollout IN AUSTRALIA:

Who is eligible to book for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

  • Any adult aged 40-59 years
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-59 years
  • People aged 16 and over with a specific underlying medical condition 
    • Cancers and haematological diseases, currently or in the past
    • Transplant recipients
    • Chronic inflammatory conditions
    • Immunodeficiency conditions
    • Chronic kidney, liver, lung or neurological conditions or diabetes
    • Severe obesity
    • Heart disease and blood pressure disorders
    • Severe mental health conditions
  • NDIS participants, their carers and support workers (aged 16 and over)
  • Any worker in the following industries, aged 16 and over:
    • Aged care and disability care workers
    • Healthcare workers
    • Quarantine and border workers
    • Critical and high risk workers e.g. defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.
  • Household contacts of quarantine workers, border workers and healthcare workers who are at a higher risk of having contact with COVID-positive patients, regardless of age

Who is eligible for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

  • People aged 60 years and over, unless they have a referral from their GP
  • Any person who has had a first dose of AstraZeneca, without any serious adverse events.

Who is not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Adults aged 39 and under
  • Children under 16 years of age

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