IOM GOV UPDATE 11TH DEC

HQ, ASHY AND HENNY

UPDATE

IT’S BEEN A MONUMENTAL WEEK WITH THE UK BEING THE FIRST TO ROLL OUT THE VACCINE

90-YEAR-OLD MARGARET WAS THE FIRST TO GET THE JAB IN THE UK

THE VACCINATION PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT SAVING LIVES AND RETURNING LIFE TO NORMAL

IOM VACCINATION PROGRAM

IT’S A COMPLEX AND LOGISTICAL CHALLENGE, PLANNING AND PREP HAS BEEN DIFFICULT

THE PFIZER VACCINE NEEDS TO BE TRANSPORTED AT -70 DEGREES CELSIUS AND IN DRY ICE

THE VACCINE COMES IN BATCHES OF JUST UNDER 1000

EACH BATCH NEEDS TO BE DEFROSTED AT THE SAME TIME

THERE IS A 5 DAY WINDOW AFTER IT’S BEEN DEFROSTED

THE VACCINE CAN NOT BE REFROZEN

THE VACCINE IS A TWO DOSE VACCINE AND THEY NEED TO BE 21 DAYS APART

HQ – ‘WE WOULD LIKE TO START VACCINATING THIS SIDE OF CHRISTMAS BUT IT’S A CHALLENGE’

ASHY ‘V-DAY’ UPDATE

FIRST TRAY SHOULD ‘HOPEFULLY’ ARRIVE NEXT WEEK

‘HOPEFULLY’ WEEK COMMENCING THE 21ST DEC WE CAN ROLL OUT THE VACCINES TO CARE HOMES

BUT THE LOGISTICS ARE MASSIVE

HQ – ‘THE SILVER BULLET IS READY, LOCKED AND LOADED’

THE VACCINE HAS UNDERGONE LOTS OF TESTS AND IS 95% EFFECTIVE

HENNY UPDATE

TWO INCIDENTS LAST WEEK IN THE UK, FROM TWO HEALTH CARE STAFF WHO HAD ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO THE VACCINE.

AN EXPERT PANEL GOT TOGETHER THAT NIGHT AND THE GUIDANCE HAS SINCE BEEN UPDATED SO THAT ANYONE WITH ALLERGIES TO MEDICATION AND FOOD SHOULD NOT TAKE THE VACCINE.

VOICE YOUR CONCERNS IF YOU HAVE HISTORY OF ALLERGIES TO YOUR DOCTOR.

COVID WEBSITE HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH THE LATEST VACCINE NEWS

GOV.IM/COVID

BREXIT

THINGS WILL CHANGE ON THE 1ST JAN IF THERE IS A DEAL OR NO DEAL

THERE’S A NEW DEADLINE FOR THIS SUNDAY TO GET THE DETAILS SORTED

THE IOM IS PREPARED FOR ANY EVENTUALITY

HQ WILL KEEP US UPDATED

QNS

PAUL – IS THE VACCINE DEFO COMING OVER NEXT WEEK?

ASHY – WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT THE FIRST TRAY COMES HERE NEXT WEEK

PAUL – WHERES THE HUB GOING TO BE?

ASHY – WE’RE STILL SORTING IT OUT

SIMON – GOV SAID THEY WOULDN’T GIVE CERTIFICATE WITH VACCINE BUT WITH BREXIT WILL IT NOT HELP

HQ – NOBODY KNOWS IF YOU STILL CARRY THE VIRUS AFTER YOU’VE BEEN VACCINATED SO UNTIL THAT INFO IS KNOWN, I CAN’T GIVE A CONCRETE ANSWER

TIM – TEACHERS ARE GOING AWAY AND SELF ISOLATING WHEN THEY COME BACK ETC ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT THERE WILL BE DISRUPTION IN THE NEW YEAR?

HQ – THERE MAYBE SOME DISRUPTION

HELEN – WHICH CARE HOME WILL BE FIRST TO GET THE VACCINE

ASHY – WE HAVE TWO CARE HOMES BUT WERE NOT IN A POSITION TO NAME THEM YET

HELEN – HOW WILL THE VACCINE GET TO THE ISLAND

HQ – FLYING THEM IN

CLOSING

HQ – ‘AS WE REACH THE FINISH LINE OF 2020 YOU WILL PROBABLY LOOK BACK WITH MIXED FEELINGS BUT WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED’