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

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The First Minister:

It is not for me to decide what is in the JCVI’s recommendations, because I am not a member of it. It is an independent group of experts.

I want to be clear that I did not say that we were in discussion with the JCVI about changing its priority list. It is really important that people understand what I said rather than what they thought they heard me say. I said that we are considering internally in Government, and will discuss with those in the teaching workforce, how—without compromising the JCVI prioritisation list, which is there for very good reason—we can look to accelerate the vaccination of teachers and other school and early years staff. Such judgments are not easy to arrive at, practically or in principle, but that is what we intend to seek to do.

I am also clear that the JCVI p rioritisation list includes everybody over the age of 50, and those under 50 who have underlying health conditions. Many teachers will be in those groups. However, for those who are not, we want to look at how, without compromising clinical prioritisation, we can accelerate their vaccination.