Open letter to Nadhim Zahawi - Make sure foster carers are priority for a vaccine
The Fostering Network's chief executive, Kevin Williams, has written an open letter to the Westminster Government's minister responsible for the rollout of the Covid 19 vaccine programme in England, Nadhim Zahawi MP, emphasising the importance of prioritised foster carers in England for a jab.
Foster carers should be a priority for the vaccine because of:
- the obligation placed upon foster carers to meet others outside of their household such as during social worker visits and time with birth families
- the fact that the majority of foster carers are over 50, and a quarter are over 60, years of age putting them at a higher risk from the virus
- the need to look after the health of the foster carer workforce to ensure there is no drop in the number of available fostering families offering safe, stable and loving homes for children who need them.