January 18, 2021
Early in the New Year FosterSupport began campaigning for foster carers to be included in Group 2 Health and Social Care workers in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination list. FosterSupport prepared a draft email for members around the UK to forward to their local councillors and MPs. Thousands of emails were sent and we received an overwhelmingly favourable response to our compelling arguments;
Bernard Jenkin MP has raised it on behalf of the FosterSupport member who sent our draft email to him and he states “the point about the vulnerability of foster carers seems a powerful point” and he suggested that we should be included under “frontline health and social care workers” (group 2)
Michael Fabricant MP has also raised it on our behalf.
David Duguid MP has raised it stating “you raise some interesting points about the work that foster carers do”.
Local Authorities began to respond favourably in ever increasing numbers and to date we have been advised by our members in the following areas that they have already been invited for vaccination or have received confirmation that this is being arranged.
Durham, Cambridge, Salford, Tameside, Leeds, West Sussex,West Suffolk, Portsmouth, Bromley, Oldham, Dorset, South Gloucestershire,Cornwall, Lancashire County Council, Fareham, Bradford, Denbighshire, Suffolk,Barnsley, Solihull, The whole of Northern Ireland, North Tyneside, Calderdale, Leicester, NW Leicestershire, National fostering group, Neath port Talbot, Barnardos, RCT (SouthWales, Hertfordshire, Essex, Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan, Wrexham, Middlesborough, BANES, Hereford, Essex,Neath Port Talbot, RCT South Wales, Northumberland
This is a phenomenal achievement by foster carers who have come together around the UK as one collective voice and quickly and effectively had their voices heard.
We now call upon all outstanding local authorities to move their foster carers into Group 2.