Minister responds to NDNA regarding testing and vaccinations
The Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford MP has written to NDNA’s Chief Executive to respond to NDNA’s queries about testing and vaccination for PVI nursery staff.
NDNA’s Purnima Tanuku OBE wrote to the Minister earlier this month asking her to prioritise nursery staff for vaccinations and also to provide testing kits instead of expecting practitioners to travel to local testing centres.
In her letter, the Minister praises the hard work of the sector and understands why the sector is asking for further support around testing and vaccination.
In response to the query about testing kits, she writes about the importance of community asymptomatic testing but admits that for some staff it is impractical to travel to testing centres during working hours, so has asked local authorities to prioritise early years staff.
She adds: “We will continue to work with other government departments to meet the needs of the sector and explore viable testing options used in other education settings.”
Regarding vaccination priorities, she cites the work the vaccination committee is doing to first vaccinate people by age and medical conditions. But she added:
“The department is working with the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England to ensure that the education and childcare workforce is considered for prioritisation in the roll out of the vaccine.”
See a copy of the full letter below.