IOM GOV UPDATE 3RD DEC

VACCINATION SPECIAL – ASHY, HENNY AND KATHRYN MAGSON

ASHY UPDATE

‘I’M JOINED TODAY WITH HENNY AND KATHRYN WHO HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE PANDEMIC’

IOM IS COVID-FREE, SINCE YESTERDAY – NO ACTIVE CASES

THANKS TO THE GREAT MANX PUBLIC FOR KEEPING US SAFE

BUT

WE WILL LIKELY GET FURTHER CASES DUE TO TRAVEL

REMEMBER TO SELF ISOLATE IF YOU TRAVEL AND FOLLOW THE RULES

COVID19 HAS DECREASED IN ENGLAND BECAUSE OF LOCKDOWN 2.0 BUT TRANSMISSION, HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AND DEATHS ARE STILL WORRYING IN UK

VACCINE

VACCINE BOARD IS WORKING HARD TO ROLL OUT THE VACCINE SAFELY AND TIMELY

IT’S A HUGE TASK AND NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE

THIS WEEK THE PFIZER/ BIONTECH VACCINE GOT APPROVAL FROM THE MEDICINES REGULATOR

ASHY – ‘THIS GIVES US THE GREEN LIGHT TO PUT INTO MOTION OUR VACCINATION PLANS’

THE VACCINE WILL BE COMING FROM BELGIUM TO THE UK AND THEN TO US

BORDERS

BORDERS ARE STAYING AT LEVEL FOUR FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR

IT’LL BE REVIEWED IN THE NEW YEAR

KM (KATHRYN MAGSON DHSC CEO)

KM – ‘WE NOW HAVE A SAFE VACCINE’

VACCINES ARE A MUST FOR OLDER PEOPLE

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD TO COME UP WITH OUR VACCINE PROGRAM AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WILL GIVE THE VACCINES

THIS WILL BE A LARGE SCALE VACCINATION PROGRAM AND WE’RE ASKING FOR VOLUNTEERS (RETIRED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS) -CALL 685716 TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

THOSE VOLUNTEERS SELECTED TO HELP WILL GET FULL TRAINING AND PPE

FIRST PRIORITY IS CARE HOMES AND CARERS – THIS IS BECAUSE THEY ARE VULNERABLE

THEN 80+ YEAR OLDS WILL BE NEXT IN LINE

AND PEER TO PEER VACCINATION FOR HEALTH CARE STAFF

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WILL BE STORAGE AND TRAVEL

THERE ARE PRECISE STEPS AS IT’S A DELICATE VACCINE

THE VACCINE IS A TWO DOSE VACCINE – THE SECOND DOSE TAKEN 21 DAYS AFTER THE FIRST

REQUIRES CAREFUL MANAGEMENT AND BOOKING, PUBLIC TO BE CONSIDERATE ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES (NOT FLEXIBLE) BOOKING

TOTAL NUMBER OF VACCINES 130,000

975 VACCINES IN FIRST DELIVERY

KM – ‘ A PROCESS NO ONE HAS TO HAVE, BUT WE HOPE EVERYONE WILL’

QNS

SIMON

DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO GIVE OUT CERTIFICATION FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD THE VACCINE?

ASHY- NO, WE DON’T HAVE ANY PLANS. WE DON’T KNOW IF THIS STOPS PEOPLE CONTRACTING THE VIRUS AND PASSING IT ON. THE POINT OF A CERTIFICATE WOULD BE FOR PEOPLE WISHING TO TRAVEL BUT WE ARE NOT AT THAT STAGE BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW IF HAVING THE VACCINE MEANS YOU WILL NOT CONTRACT THE VIRUS AND PASS IT ON.

TIM

WHEN THE VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE VACCINATED, WILL COMIN RECONSIDER BORDER RESTRICTIONS?

ASHY- WE NEED TO LOOK AT OTHER JURISDICTIONS AND THE VIRUS IN OTHER PLACES. THE VACCINE IS NOT A SILVER BULLET, EVERYTHING WILL NOT BE PERFECT. WE WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW FRAMEWORK OF BORDERS.

JOSH

ON THE GOV WEBSITE IT SAYS THE VACCINE PROGRAMME WILL TAKE FOUR TO SIX MONTHS. IS THIS THE TIMESCALE YOU’RE WORKING WITH?

ASHY- IT’S NOT THE TIMESCALE FOR EVERYONE ON THE ISLAND- WE’RE HOPING TO VACCINATE VULNERABLE GROUPS IN THAT TIME. THE VACCINE IS NOT A SPEEDING SILVER BULLET.

WILL POLICIES REGARDING PEOPLE ISOLATING WHEN ENTERING THE ISLAND CHANGE BECAUSE OF THE VACCINE?

ASHY- ATM NO, BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE INFO OF WHETHER PEOPLE CAN STILL PASS THE VIRUS ON IF THEY HAVE HAD THE VACCINE.

SAM

A HEALTH WORKER GOT IN TOUCH, AND THEY ARE NOT SURE ABOUT VIRUS IF THEY WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE VACCINE.

ASHY – WE NEED TO BE CLEAR THAT VACCINATION IS NOT MANDATORY. PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SPEED IN WHICH THE VACCINE HIT THE MARKET.

ROB

HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED TO BE GIVE THE VACCINE? ONCE? YEARLY? EVERY 6 MONTHS?

VACCINES TAKE ONCE? YEARLY? 6 MONTHS?

ASHY- WE DON’T KNOW YET.

HENNY- IMMUNE RESPONSE SEEMS PROMISING BUT WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL LAST FOR.

PAUL

THE GOV ARE ASKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE VACCINES. ARE THEY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

ASHY- WE ARE ASKING EXPERIENCED OR RETIRED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO VOLUNTEER. THIS WILL BE THE BIGGEST VACCINATION SCHEME EVER.

HOW WILL WE BE NOTIFIED ABOUT GETTING THE VACCINE?

YOU WILL BE INVITED BY YOUR GP AND ASKED TO RING 111. BIT LIKE THE FLU VACCINE.

CLOSING

TO ECHO HQ: THE VACCINE IS A SILVER BULLET, NOT A SPEEDING BULLET.

FESTIVE SPIRIT IS IN THE AIR

“A TOUCH OF THE WHITE STUFF” (YEP, THAT’S HOW HE REFERRED TO IT) COMING THIS WEEK TOO.

ENJOY THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS, ENJOY THE FESTIVE SEASON AND PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS HEALTH AND CARE SERVICES.