At least 4,896 doses of Covid vaccine delivered

AT least 4,896 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given in Jersey so far as the biggest immunisation programme in the Island’s history continues to gather pace.

The Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in the Queen's Hall at Fort Regent. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30025733)
The Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in the Queen's Hall at Fort Regent. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30025733)

By last Sunday – the day for which the most up-to-date figures are available – 3,590 Islanders had received a first dose of the vaccine and 1,306 second doses had been administered. The overall figure is likely to be considerably higher, after further Islanders received jabs this week.

Jersey’s figure of 4.54 doses per 100 people compares well with international data published by the Our World in Data website. Israel (23.7%) and the United Arab Emirates (15.5%) are the top-ranked countries globally, followed by Bahrain on 6%.

The most recent UK figure, released on Tuesday, two days later than Jersey’s data, was 4.52%, with the US the next highest-ranked country on 3.1%. Guernsey is expected to publish its vaccination stats today.

Health Minister Richard Renouf said on 7 January that he hoped all over-50s, as well as under-50s deemed at high risk – a total of 49,000 Islanders – would be vaccinated by 29 March.

Analysis of the data by the independent Statistics Users Group accounts for the four-day time lag prior to publication, with the government now intending to issue an update every Thursday.

The current number of Islanders vaccinated is likely to be much higher, as jabs for over-80s have been rolled out this week, with hundreds attending the vaccination centre at Fort Regent every day.

Vaccination at Fort Regent for over-80s is set to conclude next week, after which home visits to over-80s will take place, followed by the next tiers: non-frontline health and social care staff and Islanders aged 75 to 79.

The exact number of eligible people in each category is not being publicised. A government spokesperson said this was because the figures being used for planning purposes were ‘working assumptions, rather than official statistics’.

Population figures published by Statistics Jersey in June 2020 showed that there were 5,050 over-80s and 3,260 people in the 75 to 79 bracket at the end of 2019. Moving down the age scale, 4,720 Islanders were aged 70 to 74 in December 2019, with a further 5,430 making up the 65 to 69 tier at that point.

Several other details regarding the vaccination programme were not made available by the government following requests by the JEP. These included:

  • How many over-80s had booked appointments in total.

  • How many of the doses administered so far had been from stock of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, and how many from the AstraZeneca (Oxford) variant.

  • How many doses of the two vaccines were currently in stock and scheduled for delivery.

  • The date when those in the next tiers would be able to book their appointments.

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