What is the plan for the rollout of vaccines for front-line police officers, who patrol in the public and come into regular contact with people from outside their households? Can they be provided with prioritisation in the Covid vaccine rollout?
Last month I wrote to Matt Hancock and the JCVI welcoming the initial prioritisation of people living in care homes and care workers and that alongside care home staff, frontline NHS staff will also receive the vaccine as early as possible. This way we can rapidly protect those most vulnerable to the virus, lift the burden on our NHS, and to ensure the country can begin to recover from this crisis.
The Government’s COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan recommends that phase two considers the rollout of the vaccine to others delivering key public services, which I welcome, and which should include prioritisation of key workers, including teachers, TfL staff and the Metropolitan Police who might be more vulnerable to infection due to the public-facing nature of their work and because they cannot work from home. I have urged the Government to work with London leaders in preparation for this second phase of the rollout.