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First 'tier' of vaccine program completed

First 'tier' of vaccine program completed

Monday 21 December 2020

First 'tier' of vaccine program completed


Jersey's Government says it has now given the first dose of covid vaccine to all those in nursing and residential homes, who were "medically eligible," and willing to have it.

They have now moved onto vaccinating the staff of those homes, with 400 having already received the first dose. A further 400 will be vaccinated today and tomorrow. In total, there have been over 1,300 vaccinated islanders so far.

They will then receive a second dose of the vaccine 21 days after their first dose, completing the vaccination process.

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Pictured: Fort Regent is now acting as a vaccination centre.

The vaccination programme schedule is laid out as follows:

  • Tier 1 - The first people to receive the vaccine are the approximately 1,000 residents of nursing and residential homes
  • Tier 1b - The next people to be vaccinated will be care home and home care staff. They will be vaccinated at the Queen’s Hall in Fort Regent.
  • Tier 2a - Islanders aged 80+
  • Tier 2b - nearly 5,000 front line Health and Community Services staff
  • Tier 2c - other Health and Community Services staff, GPs and pharmacists
  • Tier 3a - Islanders aged 75-79
  • Tier 3b / 3c - age groups 70-74 and 3,000 high risk Islanders
  • Tier 3d - 65-69-year olds
  • Tier 4 - people aged 50-64
  • Tier 5 - the remainder of the population

Becky Sherrington, Vaccine Programme Lead, said: “I’m proud to say that our team have now delivered the COVID-19 vaccine to the Island’s most vulnerable people in just one week. Moving on to vaccinate care home and home care workers means that we will be able to provide an extra layer of protection for our care home residents.”

Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said: “We have reached a milestone in our fight against COVID-19. With each group of Islanders we vaccinate, we move closer to restoring a sense of normality to our Island.

“I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to all the team who have worked tirelessly over the last week to help us reach this milestone.”

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