A third of Britons (33%) believe those working in supermarkets and food shops should be next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine after currently prioritised groups, according to an Ipsos MORI poll.
The sample of over 1,000 Britons aged 18-75 ranked supermarket and food shop staff fourth. Teachers and nursery workers topped the poll with nearly half (46%) of Brits wanting to see them vaccinated next.
Emergency staff are also a priority for the public; 35% say police officers should be next on the list for the vaccine while 42% say other staff working in emergency services (e.g. fire) should receive it next.
Currently prioritised groups include care home workers, frontline health and social care workers, over-70s and those who are clinically vulnerable.
Other professions that are seen as a priority after these groups include frontline public-sector workers (not health/ emergency – 27%) and public transport workers (19%).
Three in 10 (31%) want to prioritise people aged 60-69 but there is less concern for lower age groups; only 8% want to prioritise the 50-59-year olds while 4% want those aged 18-49 to be the next group to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Looking at other professional groups, around one in ten Britons want to see postal workers and delivery drivers (11%), armed forces (9%) and social workers (9%) vaccinated next.
There is less concern for those in prison, professional sports people, banks and building society workers and journalists; only 1% say these groups should be next on the list for the vaccine.
Kelly Beaver, managing director of Ipsos MORI Public Affairs, said: “The prioritisation of who gets a vaccine is a tough choice for any Government who have to weigh up a range of issues when it comes to deciding who gets the vaccine and when. But the British public are clear that after the currently prioritised groups it’s our teachers and emergency workers who should be next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine, even ahead of those aged 60-69.”