Hundreds of families in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire are calling for teachers and school workers to be among the first groups to get the coronavirus vaccine.
The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) has included front-line health workers as well as the clinically vulnerable among those first in line for the vaccination.
But thousands of families across the UK have supported a petition calling for teachers and childcare staff to jump the line.
They say vaccinating the front-line childcare workers would provide greater protection for both staff and school pupils.
A petition due to be submitted to the Government also says it will mean NHS workers with children are less likely to have to isolate as it hopes it would reduce the Covid infection rates.
The petition states: “Advice from the JCVI on the priority groups for a Covid-19 vaccine does not include school and childcare workers.
“This petition calls for these workers, who cannot distance or use PPE, to be kept safe at work by being put on the vaccine priority list when such a list is adopted into government policy.”
The petition says vaccinating teachers should help schools allow sooner after Christmas – with classes currently set to have staggered start dates.
So far the petition has received 61 signatures from Stoke-on-Trent Central, 99 from Stoke-on-Trent South, and 60 from Stoke-on-Trent North.
There have been 81 signatories in the Staffordshire Moorlands, 89 in Congleton, 74 in Stone, 106 in Crewe and Nantwich, 76 in Stafford, and 70 in Newcastle.
A total of 70,479 people had signed the petition at the time of writing, meaning the Government will have to submit an official response.
Should it reach 100,000 signatures then it will trigger a debate in Parliament.