The people you think should get a Covid vaccine next - from teachers to emergency service workers

Essential workers should be among those invited for a Covid vaccine after people in the top four priority groups have received their first dose, according to Gazette readers.

It is the Government’s target for everyone in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) top four priority groups to have had their first Covid vaccine dose by Monday, February 15.

These groups are:

One – residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

You have been sharing your views on the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

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Two – all those aged 80 and over and frontline health and social care workers

Three – all those aged 75 and over

Four – all those aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding)

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Who do you think should receive the Covid vaccine next, after the top four priority groups?

The current JCVI advice then sets out five further groups to next receive vaccinations – including those aged between 50 and 65 and those aged 16-64 who suffer underlying health conditions which put them at greater risk.

People in this latter group are classed as at moderate risk from coronavirus and known as clinically vulnerable.

The following groups are:

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Five – all those aged 65 and over

Six – all those aged between 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions (clinically vulnerable) which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

Seven – all those aged 60 and over

Eight – all those aged 55 and over

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Nine – all those aged 50 and over

JCVI guidance on these nine groups adds: “It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from Covid-19.”

Calls have recently increased for essential workers, including teachers, retail staff and those in the emergency services, to be vaccinated after the first four groups.

Speaking on Wednesday, January 27, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the Government will work to prioritise police in the roll-out, but has not given a timescale.

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We asked who you thought should be next in line for a Covid jab after those in the first four groups.

This is what you said on the Shields Gazette Facebook page:

Anthony Davis: “Fire, police and all NHS should of been first. As the country needs them more than anything.”

Glen Blackwood: “Teachers so kids can get back to school."

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Paul Houston: “Anyone who needs to travel to work.

Rob Paris: “It is endless. But police should be at the front of it, fire brigade and teachers as well, and then anyone 60 and over with and without issues health-wise.”

Linda Grierson: “Transport frontliners. Bus, train and taxi staff, rail replacement coordinators. Delivery drivers, shop workers, police, teachers. Anyone who has close contact with the general public.”

Sharon Longstaff: “We should all be patient everybody’s turn will come.”

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Carolyn Scott: “Funeral operatives.”

Dave Rutherford: “Whoever is in the fifth priority group of course.”

Diane Murray: “All frontline workers.”

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John Lennon: “All essential workers.”

Mary King: All working directly with the public (NHS, police, fire service, all school staff, shop workers etc too many to list).”

Graham Allen: “Security and staff working on the testing stations then schools.”

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