Jab rollout to pass 50,000 milestone

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Data published on Monday showed that by last Wednesday [17 March] a total of 48,732 jabs had been administered, with the programme moving at a rate of almost 1,000 people per day across the previous three days.

A total of 41,741 Islanders have had at least one dose of the vaccine, equating to around 47% of the estimated adult population of 88,000.

The UK passed the threshold of vaccinating half the adult population on Saturday, when it was confirmed that 26.8 million people had received their first dose.

Out of 2,974 vaccination appointments across the first three days of last week in Jersey, 1,370 were for second doses for older Islanders.

The total number of doses administered by 17 March in Jersey equated to 45.2 doses for every 100 people, putting the Island ahead of neighbouring jurisdictions: the UK figure for the same date was 40.7, while the figures for 18 March for Guernsey and the Isle of Man were 42.1 and 39.2 doses per 100 people respectively.

Progress in vaccination among European Union countries remains behind the UK and Crown Dependencies, with an average of 12.2 doses per 100 people on 17 March.

The percentage of Islanders taking up the jab continues to be well ahead of the original target of 80%. The latest figure for those aged 50 to 54 is 66%, but members of this group were continuing to attend appointments at the end of last week and over the weekend.

The government has also clarified vaccination arrangements for students from Jersey who are studying at UK institutions.

A spokesperson said that students can have their first or second dose of the vaccine in the UK as long as they have an NHS number, are registered with a GP, and are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Those who had a first dose of the vaccine in the UK would be able to have a second dose in Jersey ten weeks later, if they were to be back in the Island, it was confirmed.

Meanwhile, the government has released data showing that approximately one-third of the Island’s workforce benefited from the £81 million paid out through co-funded payroll schemes between March and August last year.

The busiest month was April, when £21.5m was paid out, covering 16,481 employees across 3,649 businesses.

Treasury Minister Susie Pinel said: ‘This data demonstrates the scale of the challenges that businesses and employees faced because of the pandemic.

‘When we launched the schemes, we also undertook to be transparent in reporting on the support we provided, and that is why we are making this information public.’

Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham added that current support schemes were under ‘constant review’.

‘We will ensure that we continue to protect jobs and support businesses as long as is necessary,’ he said.

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