On target for 40,000 vaccinations by end of March

THE bailiwick is said to be on target for carrying out 40,000 vaccinations before the end of March.


While the UK had set out a target of all over-50s by mid-April, Guernsey had set its goal to do the same by the end this month.

Public Health director Dr Nicola Brink said they were hopeful of achieving it.

‘We are getting additional vaccines in over the next few weeks, which has been welcome news for us, and we will proceed as fast as we can with all vaccines received,’ she said.

‘We receive 0.1% of the UK allocation, and we don’t have any spare vaccine, we’re vaccinating as fast as we can – so if we get the vaccines, yes we should be on target.’

Civil Contingencies Authority chairman Deputy Peter Ferbrache said there were also discussions ongoing with the UK authorities about prioritisation of vaccines, especially considering concern over those in education going back on Monday.

He said they would like to make sure teachers, police officers and prison officers get their jab at stage two in tandem with the 40-49-year-olds.

Those negotiations are continuing and it is the intent of Health & Social Care, also endorsed by Dr Brink and the CCA, that they would want to have this done.

States chief executive Paul Whitfield announced they had in the meantime now successfully administered more than 22,000 doses, either via the community vaccination centre at Beau Sejour, the community nursing teams or through primary care.

He added that they had begun to send out easy-to -read letters to adults in the community with a learning disability, along with letter invites to their main carer to receive a vaccination at the same time. This is expected to apply to around 460 people.

Appointments are being made at a special clinic on 8 March at the community vaccination centre when it will be quieter with a special layout of pairs of chairs and space provided for those unable to sit easily for the length of time while they wait for 15 minutes after the vaccine.

The adult learning disability team staff in PPE will also be on hand to assist if needed on the day, with a photograph of their face attached to their uniform so that individuals attending can see what they look like under their mask.

Letter batches of 500 are also going out this week – highest ages first – to those identified by primary care practices as moderate to high risk aged between 18 and 65 years – priority group six. Around

6,600 people are in this group.

  • More information on priority group six can be found via https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/vaccine.

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