Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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Photo of Alex Cole-Hamilton Alex Cole-Hamilton Liberal Democrat

I start by declaring an interest, in that I am married to a primary school teacher.

I welcome the news that the Government is currently in discussions with the JCVI about reprioritising the vaccine for teachers and the childcare workforce. However, that is only half of the equation, if we are safely to reopen schools. Considering that the Pfizer vaccine is safe for 16 and 17-year-olds, and that those students are currently missing out on key face-to-face teaching in advance of the vital qualifying assessment work that they will need to do by the end of term, will she also consider including them in the JCVI’s recommendations?