Following conflicting reports around early years and childcare staff in England being able to access vaccines, PACEY, NDNA and The Early Years Alliance have issued a joint statement:
‘We are aware that a number of early years and childcare providers and their staff have been able to book appointments for coronavirus vaccines after the online booking system was opened up to social care workers for self-referral this week. However, we also know that some early years and childcare providers have been turned away at centres and from the 119 booking system.
‘There has been no change to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)’s position on prioritisation for the vaccine and the roll-out is still progressing through its first phase priority groups. That said, we know that some providers may find that their local authorities have been able to offer vaccines to key workers where local availability allows.
‘We continue to make the case for Covid-19 vaccines to be made available to all early years and childcare providers across the country, once the most vulnerable have received their vaccine, and are calling for clear and official guidance to avoid any ambiguity on this. Vaccinations for early years and childcare providers must be offered on a national basis and providers should not have to contend with a post-code lottery for access to the protection they deserve as they carry out their vital roles.’