The government is set to revise its timetable for workers and professionals who it says will need to be hit first as it seeks to strike a balance between tackling the rise in infections and minimizing disruption in the world. educating children due to the latest coronavirus lockdown.
Professor Adam Finn is a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), a group that makes recommendations to government on a priority list.
He said a revised list was in the works, with discussions likely to start as early as Thursday (January 14), writes the Mirror Online.
Professor Finn said the body was ordered to present a new plan by mid-February. His comments come after it emerged that some schools in Leicestershire still have around 70% of pupils, despite the government order to close all schools last week.
Professor Finn told Sky News: “This is absolutely the next phase of the program and JCVI will be discussing ‘phase two’ over the next month or so if you like, who will be the next priority. ”
He added: “As you can understand, these considerations are starting to be social values in a way, more than the criteria that we normally use, namely the pressure on the health service.
“There are broader considerations when it comes to people in different professions and the relative importance they have to society.
“But I would certainly be a strong advocate for schools and teachers. ”
Professor Finn said he couldn’t predict exactly what would be prioritized.
And he said the vaccine rollout would have already prevented thousands of people from having to be hospitalized with the virus.
The University of Bristol professor of pediatrics told Sky News ‘Sophy Ridge:’ It is really too early for the vaccine to start having a measurable impact, but we can predict that it is already preventing cases simply because of the number of people who ‘I got the vaccine is now approaching a million and a half people, and the rate of infection that’s happening is really very high now.
“So there are certainly already thousands of people who have not been hospitalized and who will not die from this infection thanks to the program that began in December. ”