Tory MPs urge government to add teachers to jab priority list so classrooms can ...

Ministers are facing growing pressure to bump teachers up the vaccine priority list to allow schools to reopen.

Senior MPs and industry figures have stressed that a speedy return to lessons is paramount to prevent lockdown wreaking further damage to children's education.  

Immunisation of teachers and staff is heralded as the key to get pupils back in classrooms, as children themselves are at very little risk from the disease. 

The Government is currently steaming ahead with the biggest vaccination rollout in British history and by mid-February aims to have administered 14 million jabs to care home residents, all over-85s, the clinically vulnerable and frontline health workers.

Calls for teachers to be among the first in line for jabs are mounting from across the political divide.  

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Tory MP Rob Halfon, the chairman of the Education Select Committee, said this morning: 'Surely teachers and support staff must be made a priority alongside NHS workers for vaccination.' 

Ministers are facing growing pressure to bump teachers up the vaccine priority list to allow schools to reopen. Pictured: Moulsecoomb Primary School as it remains shut

Ministers are facing growing pressure to bump teachers up the vaccine priority list to allow schools to reopen. Pictured: Moulsecoomb Primary School as it remains shut

The Government is currently steaming ahead with the biggest vaccination rollout in British history and by mid-February aims to have administered 14 million jabs to care home residents, all over-85s, the clinically vulnerable and frontline health workers

The Government is currently steaming ahead with the biggest vaccination rollout in British history and by mid-February aims to have administered 14 million jabs to care home residents, all over-85s, the clinically vulnerable and frontline health workers

Boris Johnson was forced to bow to immense pressure earlier this week and close all schools across England until at least February, except for vulnerable children and the children of essential workers.

He has marked out education as a 'national priority' and is providing laptops for pupils from the poorest families as schools make the switch to online learning.

But the Prime Minister is being urged by his own backbenches to step up efforts to resume physical teaching, with online learning deemed inadequate.

Mr Halfon told Times Radio: 'We are damaging their life chances every day that they are not in school, we're increasing mental health worries, we know there are safeguarding hazards for children being at home, so the priority must be to get our kids back into school.'

Making the case for teachers to get the jab, he added: 'The Government want to prioritise the elderly and the vulnerable and I'm absolutely in sympathy with that.

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'I think there is an argument about supporting one group of workers over another, but my view is that children - educating our children - is the most

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