In our joint statement with EYA and NDNA on Friday, PACEY made clear that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) had not changed its definition of who is included in its social care worker group as prioritised for vaccination and that early years and childcare practitioners, including nannies and childminders, are NOT included in this group. The National Career Service categorisation of social care (which does include childcare and early years) is NOT the listing that the NHS are using for vaccination. The NHS are using the categorisation of social care that has been published by the JCVI.
Despite this clarification, we are aware that a number of childcare and early years practitioners are still being given vaccination appointments via the NHS online booking system and 119 phone line. We continue to wait for clarification from DfE and DHSC as to why this is happening if practitioners are NOT prioritised and what should happen to those who have received an appointment. As soon as we are told what the Government’s position on this is, we will update you. Please be aware that this update may not come through until early next week, so please keep an eye on our website and social media channels.
PACEY along with EYA and NDNA continue to lobby government to prioritise early years and childcare practitioner for vaccination once the most vulnerable have been protected. Given this ongoing confusion, it’s vital that the JCVI and DHSC finalise their priorities for occupational vaccination as soon as possible.