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Covid-19 Vaccine - Why were security not a priority? https://quickclicksecurity.com/news/Covid-19+Vaccine+-+Why+were+security+not+a+priority?/MTA3X25ld3M https://quickclicksecurity.com/news-images/1200/1622717736-36805.jpg Just as we thought we heard the last of COVID-19, this year has seen an obsession with the vaccine which has been rolled out to the public. This has sparked anti-vaccine protests, petitions and even trended on Tik Tok where people have showcased the
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Covid-19 Vaccine - Why were security not a priority?

June 02, 2021

Just as we thought we heard the last of COVID-19, this year has seen an obsession with the vaccine which has been rolled out to the public. This has sparked anti-vaccine protests, petitions and even trended on Tik Tok where people have showcased the ‘magnet trend’ trying to prove the vaccine is not real and we are being injected with 5G chips.

Anti-vaccine thoughts aside, we wanted to shed light on key workers who were offered the vaccine prior to the rest of the public. Health workers, care workers, those in the police force and even public transport drivers were given the opportunity to be vaccinated early. Their roles throughout the pandemic remained crucial and vital to keep things flowing in the public realm.

But what about frontline security?

Since the start of the pandemic, the work of security has been crucial particularly within retail outlets, testing centres and hospitality venues that have remained open throughout lockdown.

‘Key worker’ status

March 2020 saw health and retail establishments that remained open during lockdown in need of extra staff to control and monitor members of the public entering and exiting premises. Adhering to quotas to control the number of people in one area at a given time as well as making sure individuals were following guidelines saw a demand in the number of security guards needed. Businesses looked to private security to hire staff and provide assistance with this.

At the time the key worker status was given to those predominantly working in public sector roles. Frontline security being the first point of call for members of the public at establishments gave them as well as private cleaning staff the key worker status. But we can argue that those working for private companies, were not given the same entitlements as those who work in public sector.

Public vs Private

At the start of the pandemic, those working for the NHS were provided with hotels and accommodation to stay in to prevent the spread of the virus to family members and loved ones. Let’s remember that hotels were not open to the public at the time and staff members working in these establishments were not able to work. Who took over the roles at the hotel front desk? Frontline security. Whilst many hotel staff were able to get furlough, administration and housekeeping responsibility landed on frontline security who were dealing with NHS staff who worked closely with patients who were carriers of the virus. Thus, making security staff more susceptible to contracting symptoms or the virus itself.

Our article last year mentioned figures from the Office of National statistics last year who published a report outlining the high COVID death rate within the security sector. It also highlighted that “men working as security guards had one of the highest rates, with 45.7 deaths per 100,000 (63 deaths).”

With statistics being released highlighting a health concern, we would have expected this to change and pave way for more to be provided for frontline security. An article was also released in December 2020 by This Week in FM to express growing concerns that whilst key workers at the time were being offered the vaccine, private security and cleaning staff were not given the same opportunity to take it.

Vaccine or no vaccine?

We understand that many of you are seeing viral videos and posts going around about the vaccine, but you now have the opportunity to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although services have resumed and most part of our leisure life can go back to normal, we are still in a global pandemic with news about different strains developing in other parts of the world. Do your bit to stop the spread. Get vaccinated and stay safe.

Reflection- Should more have been done for private security?

The short answer, yes. Those working in frontline roles were the most exposed to potential carriers and vulnerable individuals. Many working on the frontline in private security have now been vaccinated but were offered this at the same time as general members of the public. We understand that budget cuts and funding have been severely impacted within the public sector which is why the NHS, Police and transport staff were prioritised but private sector staff who were hired are surely entitled to the same service? Particularly if they have been exposed to high-risk individuals and environments.

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