|We know the groups first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine. Teachers hope to be next. As Canada’s governments roll out coronavirus vaccines, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended several immediate priority groups, including long-term care home residents and staffers, front-line health-care workers, seniors, and Indigenous people in rural or remote communities.
However, it’s less clear who is next in line, and calls are emerging for teachers, school staffers and child-care workers to be counted among the essential workers likely to be prioritized next to keep Canada running during the pandemic.
Governments should consider teachers and education workers among the early groups of essential workers for vaccination considering the risks most face in their classrooms, including poor ventilation, no room to physically distance and variable mask requirements, Morse said.
In Canada, provincial and territorial governments determine the vaccination queue and the definition of essential workers — among the groups the NACI has recommended be included in the second stage for coronavirus vaccinations. So far, however, many jurisdictions have been tight-lipped about just who will be in these subsequent phases.
B.C., Ontario and Alberta are among the provinces that have said more information will be forthcoming.