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tray of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine phials

The first batch of the island’s share of the Covid-19 vaccine is here and we’re close to a roll out starting, so here’s a little explainer.

How and when did it get here?

The vaccine was delivered by a courier in the early hours of Wednesday and is being kept in a special freezer to ensure it stays at -70c. 

When does it begin?

We don’t know yet, V-Day has not been confirmed, but given that the vaccine is on the island, here’s hoping it’ll be here before Santa. 

What happens now?

Final plans are being made to prepare for a roll out which will initially focus on the island’s most vulnerable residents, those in care homes, health and social care staff and the over 80s. 

What will happen?

Residents will be given their first jab of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, followed by a second dose 21 to 28 days later.

Who gets the jab first?

Once the roll out begins, trained staff will visit care homes to give residents their jabs, while health and care staff will be vaccinated at work, or be invited to attend Noble’s or Ramsey Cottage Hospital for their jab. This first phase is expected to take up to two months. But we don’t know who the Manx Margaret Keenan will be.

How and when will other residents get the jab?

Once the initial vaccination roll out is complete, residents will be invited to a vaccination hub, again this will be prioritised by groups that are most at risk from Covid. An area at Ronaldsway is being developed to serve as the hub.

Is it safe?

Yes. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been approved by the UK medicines regulator and a roll out has already begun across the British Isles.