Vaccination centre ‘has the capacity to deliver boosters by end of January’

THERE is capacity at the Community Vaccination Centre to hit the target of booster Covid-19 vaccinations for all adults by the end of January, Health & Social Care has said.

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The centre at Beau Sejour has been busy with younger islanders getting their first doses, while older islanders are getting their boosters.

Currently between 500 and 600 are getting their jabs a day, a mix of appointments and drop-ins.

‘We need to administer over 30,000 booster doses between now and the end of January, which is achievable even if the CVC does not run at maximum capacity each day, due to cancelled appointments, no-shows, illness etc,’ said a HSC spokeswoman.

There are currently 110 vaccinators on the books and HSC is advertising for more.

The spokeswoman said HSC was aiming for the equivalent of 20 full-time vaccinators.

‘We are happy to accept whatever shifts/work around people’s current commitments,’ she said.

There were 15 vaccinator stations, but this has been increased to 18 from Monday.

‘[There are] 18 appointments every 10 minutes for each shift,’ the spokeswoman said.

‘Shifts are 9.30am to 2.30pm and 3pm to 8pm. Our capacity is being scaled up from Monday with 800/1,000 per day.

'This will increase as we revise the resource allocation to accommodate the programme acceleration.'

The spokeswoman confirmed that the CVC will operate over seven days until further notice.

‘It will close at Christmas and New Year, however will be operational between the holidays and again on Monday 3 January.’

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