Police officers will be carrying out what they describe as “reassurance patrols” around pop-up vaccination clinics this week.
It comes after some islanders who went to get a jab at the Springfield vaccine centre on Saturday said they were verbally harassed by a group of around 15 to 20 protesters - there were no arrests made.
Deputy Chief Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham, described the incident as “unfortunate”.
The protesters were waiting near the entrance of the Rock Up clinic by Springfield Stadium and, one mum who had taken her son along to get his covid vaccination said they were "intimidated" by people with placards shouting about the vaccine causing serious side effects.
At the time of the scheme's launch, the vaccination figures showed there had been a lag among the younger generations in getting the jab, with 38% of 18-29 year-olds still not having had a first dose, and 30% of those between 30-34 having not had one either.
Senator Farnham said the campaign had so far been “very well received” with a total of 188 islanders coming to get their first dose last week and pledged it would continue this week with the help of the police.
“The programme will continue to work with the States of Jersey Police and Honorary Police to ensure Islanders who choose to have a Covid-19 vaccine, can do so free from intimidation,” he said.
“The police will be conducting reassurance patrols at all Rock Up locations this week.”
Today, we'll be in the Jardin de la Mer carpark from 11.30am to 2pm, and then we'll be in Les Quennevais, in the Red Houses carpark (opposite Waitrose and Co-op) from 5pm to 6pm.— Government of Jersey (@GovJersey) August 10, 2021
No appointment is needed, just bring some ID.
For the full schedule, visit: https://t.co/ZHP7pgBXBb pic.twitter.com/ilYBf3I9Yd
Meanwhile, islanders can get walk-in vaccine appointments at the Fort Regent Vaccination Centre for the rest of this month for both first and second doses.
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