Teachers over 60 to be vaccinated from Friday - education minister

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Polish teachers over the age of 60 will be vaccinated, if sufficient vaccine doses are delivered, the education minister said on Monday.

Przemyslaw Czarnek told public radio that the sign-up procedure had started for teachers conducting traditional lessons in schools.

"Information platforms have been in preparation all weekend in order for teacher registrations to start today - 440,000 teachers who can be vaccinated in the first group," the education minister said. "Everything is being done so that vaccinations can start on Friday."

Teachers need to tell their school directors they wish to be vaccinated and the directors will then inform the ministry and the "nodal" hospitals, Czarnek explained.

"Later, when the vaccinations appear at the nodal hospital, information is immediately sent to the director so that teachers can be in the right place at the right time for their vaccinations," Czarnek continued, adding that the jabs are voluntary. "I am convinced that the majority of teachers will decide to take advantage of the offer. I am equally convinced that those teachers will be vaccinated in February."

In line with recommendations by the Medical Council advising the prime minister, teachers up to 60 years old will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine and those over 60 the Pfizer vaccine.