The IEU is lobbying for teachers and support staff in schools and early childhood centres to be included in vaccine priority groups. Here’s why.
On 19 January the IEU spoke out about vaccinating teachers. We distributed a news release to numerous media outlets as well as all state and federal politicians. This attracted considerable interest from ABC News 24, SBS News, Channel Nine News, 2GB, the Illawarra Mercury, the Newcastle Herald, the Canberra Times and others (see our Facebook page for vision and links). Here is the full version of the union’s media release.
Call for inclusion
The Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch is calling on the Federal Government to include teachers and support staff in schools and early childhood services as frontline essential workers in a priority group for vaccination.
“It is not only in the interests of teachers and support staff to receive the vaccination but also the entire community,” said IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam. “It takes just one case of COVID-19 to shut down an entire school, impacting hundreds, sometimes thousands, of families – disrupting learning and impeding parents and guardians’ ability to work.”
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, more than 50 schools in NSW have had to close owing to confirmed cases, and nearly 20 early childhood centres have been disrupted.