Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Jersey

THE first batch of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Jersey.

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Following the UK’s approval of the vaccine, just under 1,000 doses are now in the Island, and will be used to vaccinate care home residents from Monday.

Vaccines will be given in two doses, 21 days apart and will be delivered by a team consisting of a doctor and several nurses.

The team will visit care homes to deliver the doses, and the next priority group to be vaccinated will be the approximately 2,500 care home staff.

This group will be the first to receive their jab at the vaccination centre at Fort Regent, with a planned start date of Monday 21 December.

Becky Sherrington, vaccine programme lead, said: 'We are very lucky to be able to have an approved vaccine delivered to us this quickly. Our staff will be working hard to ensure Islanders are vaccinated safely and in priority order.

'This is a great leap forward in our joint efforts to tackle this pandemic and will ensure we can return to some sense of normality in the near future.'

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