McKennaInc.ie Writer / Editor Adrian McKenna
As the government rolls out the vaccination slower to the rest of the first world country’s teacher demand that they should be first.
Arguments among different sectors become a wide debate only the big debate falls around the Irish National teachers union who are demanding that teachers be made priority ahead of age and the likes of patients affected by cancer, diabetes, heart conditions etc. which has caused fury among the public seen as selfish, careless and some would go as far to say that they are like ‘spoilt toddlers spitting the dummy’ from their mouth threatening strike action if their demands are not met.
Minister for Education Norma Foley has said a move to change the vaccine priority list for teachers and other frontline workers is driven by science and is not a value judgement on any profession, The move to change the vaccine priority list for teachers and other frontline workers is driven by science and is “not a value judgement on any profession”, Minister for Education Norma Foley has said.
Speaking at the annual congress of the Irish National Teachers Organisation Ms Foley did not give any indication that teachers will be re-prioritised for vaccination.
Instead, she said the move to an age-based system for vaccinating the population instead of one that prioritises frontline workers was driven by latest available medical evidence.
The Irish Times reports that Ms Foley said latest national and international research shows that 60-65 year olds are 70 times more likely to die as a result of Covid-19 than those aged 30-35.
This is the latest medical and scientific evidence, she said. “This is not a value judgement on any given profession. This is simply the science.
Stated by all “Three Teachers Unions”
All three teachers unions have agreed to a joint motion backing measures up to industrial action if the Government does not prioritise their members for vaccination.
In a joint statement on Tuesday morning, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) confirmed that the emergency motion would be placed before their conferences on Wednesday.
“The motion will seek to commit the unions to work together to demand vaccine prioritisation for teachers. Should that fail, the motion will mandate the unions to explore any and all options, up to and including industrial action,” the three unions said in a joint statement.
Any industrial action will not affect the planned reopening of schools on April 12th, according to the unions. However, it could disrupt the current academic year at primary level or the new school year in September at second level.
The row follows the Government’s decision last week to introduce an age-based system for vaccinating the population instead of one that prioritises frontline professions.
While among the people wanting to receive the ‘vaccine’ the majority are inclined to wait their turn as they see that the sick and the vulnerable are priority ahead of the rest, that age matter first as all science indicates that people at the age of 60 plus are at a much higher risk of death to a health person in the age categories below, also suggests that children/youths below 20 are at the least risk of all.
New ‘evidence’ suggests that kids are 63% less likely to catch covid 19, so the real question lies with to why ‘Teachers’ want to to be made priority ahead of the rest.
Have they got a valid argument or are they as some would suggest ‘Spoilt Toddlers Spitting The Dummy’