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Give Student Nurses and all keyworker students Lateral Flow tests & Vaccine

Submitted on Wednesday 6th January 2021

Rejected on Wednesday 13th January 2021

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: no-action (see below for details)

Petition Action

Give Student Nurses and all keyworker students Lateral Flow tests & Vaccine

Petition Details

All student keyworkers should be eligible for the lateral flow tests and covid vaccine. We are out there too working just as hard. We are PAYING for the privilege of being put at risk as we want to work in these fields, we should at least be protected

Additional Information

Because currently we are treated as if we are expendable and we are not. We should be protected just as much as qualified keyworkers

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

We understand you are concerned about testing and vaccination of students, however it is not clear what you mean by 'student keyworkers' and therefore who would be eligible for these testing.

In any event, since you started your petition the Government has begun rolling out community 'lateral flow' testing, for which asymptomatic students would be eligible: www.gov.uk/government/news/asymptomatic-testing-to-be-rolled-out-across-the-country-starting-this-week.

Further, NHS England has written to all NHS Trusts outlining plans to vaccinate all frontline staff, and Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Confederation, has stated that “It is right to prioritise frontline health and care staff for COVID-19 vaccinations – irrespective of which part of the health and care sector they work in or whether they are a student or volunteer".

You can find out more about this here: www.england.nhs.uk/2021/01/nhs-organisations-instructed-to-rapidly-vaccinate-staff/

You might like to sign these petitions which call for related actions:

Make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all students on placement in the pandemic: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/567410

Prioritise COVID-19 vaccines for first responders (police, fire, ambulance): petition.parliament.uk/petitions/564155

You can find out more about coronavirus and how you can protect yourself and others here:


The Government has also created an online service to help you find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus: www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support

You can read NHS tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus here: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips

You can read impartial analysis of the Government response to coronavirus and policy developments here: commonslibrary.parliament.uk/coronavirus/

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