A petition calling for retail workers to be given priority access to the Covid-19 vaccine has been supported by top convenience retailers.
The petition, created by Sarah Green, suggests that key retail workers should be higher up on the list to receive the vaccine. It states: “Supermarket workers etc.. kept the nation fed when everything else was closed. They were called ‘hero’s’ (sic) and should be high on the list of first people to receive the vaccine.”
It goes onto say: “Key retail workers, come into contact with hundreds of members of the public on a daily basis, putting their and their families lives at risk of contracting Covid-19. We don’t have the vast PPE that the NHS are provided with and rely on people to keep their distance and wear masks, which doesn’t always happen. This is a petition to demand we get faster protection for our front line key retail staff, who keep the country fed!”
More than 2,600 people have already signed the petition, including convenience retailers who took to social media to express their support.
https://t.co/wAMfbV3fuY Got to be a couple of minutes of your time.— Steve Bassett (@steedthrust) January 10, 2021
Petition: Prioritise Key Retail Workers, being offered the Covid Vaccine! https://t.co/euLWD77x4o can you spare a few moments to kindly support, thanks— Dee Sedani (@onestoplocal1) January 10, 2021
Petition: Prioritise Key Retail Workers, being offered the Covid Vaccine! https://t.co/dPvBaBaoEl— Jonathan James (@ForecourtJJ) January 10, 2021
If the petition receives 10,000 signatures, government will respond to it and if it receives 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
Last week, retailers took to social media to highlight the issue, stressing that anyone dealing with the public on a regular basis should be given priority. Workers union USDAW also raised it and called for retail workers to be given priority.