Gef’s Weekly Skeet

In a week when a vaccine was approved and TT 2021 was cancelled, we’ve got the latest skeet…

Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine gets approved

The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine has been approved by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) , the body responsible for regulating medicines meaning that a mass vaccination programme will be underway on island ASAP. The island has been promised 130,000 doses of this vaccine. Individuals must be administered two doses of the vaccine over a 21 day period. 


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Hector Duff dies aged 101

Sad news this week, as it was announced that the D-Day veteran Hector Duff OBE has died, aged 101. Hector was the oldest person to be awarded an OBE on last year’s New Years honours for his work in schools highlighting the war’s legacy.

Artisan Island at Christmas next weekend

On Saturday 12th December and Sunday 13th December, Douglas Town Centre Management and Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture will be holding an ‘Artisan Island at Christmas’ at Villiers Square. The event will feature some of our favourite Manx producers: think of it like a smaller, more festive Manx Food and Drink festival- with a cheeky appearance from the big man Father Christmas himself.

Thelma Lomax receives her MBE

Last week, Thelma Lomax received her much deserved MBE at Government house. Thelma is a legend on the island, being a prolific fundraiser, volunteer and organiser for Manx charities. 30 years ago, she founded Women’s Aid and the associated refuge, and remains the driving force for its fundraising. Having raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities over the last three years, Thelma is incredibly deserving of recognition for making the island a better place to live.


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Five arrested in Abbotswood case

Five individuals have been arrested and questioned in relation to an investigation into the 20 Covid-19 deaths that occured in the Abbotswood Nursing home. The information was revealed in a letter sent to the relatives of care home residents and was seen by the BBC. The Isle of Man Constabulary have confirmed the details of the letter, but have refused to give precise details of the arrests. 

TT 2021 cancelled 

TT 2021 has been officially cancelled. No bikes, no bushys, no FUN. While we might still take the week off in June to get hammered (i.e the best part of TT), we’re hoping that TT 2022 will make up for it by being the wildest one ever. Fingers crossed?

HQ update:

The CM took the week off from the weekly broadcast to let Ashy take the wheel. It was all pretty much about vaccines- with the gov planning for the biggest vaccination programme ever. Read the full update here.

IOM C-19 weekly figures

The IOM was completely Covid free for two days this week with it being announced on Wednesday December 2, that we had zero cases. But it didn’t last long, with it returning Friday December 4, as it was announced that we had one new active case from someone returning to the island. They were already self isolating and their isolation has been extended.