GOV UPDATE – 7th JAN 2021

HOWARD, HENRIETTA, DAVID, DR AL 

WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE

THANKS FOR TUNING IN ON DAY 1 OF LOCKDOWN 

ALL ABOUT THE VAX TODAY 

VACCINE IS OUR NATIONAL PRIORITY – WE’LL DO IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. DAVID IS GONNA GIVE YOU THE DETAIL 

A FEW OTHER BITS FIRST

  • IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT LINING PEOPLE UP AND STICKING A NEEDLE IN THEIR ARM

  • THERE ARE LEGAL, STORAGE ISSUES ETC

  • CATEGORIES FOR VACCINE ROLL OUT ON THE WEBSITE

  • PLAN FOR ROLL OUT BASED ON SOLID CLINICAL ADVICE

NUMBERS

  • 345 TESTS IN LAST 24 HOURS

  • 1 NEW CASE – DAY IN FROM A

  • 16 ACTIVE CASES

  • 1 IN HOSPITAL

VACCINATIONS – DAVID 

IT’S THE NATIONAL PRIORITY AND IT’S ON SCHEDULE

WE CAN GET 6 DOSES FROM A VIAL RATHER THAN 5

WHY 3 DAYS AND NOT 7?

  • THIS IS A MEDICAL PROCEDURE, NOT A PRODUCTION LINE, NEED TO DELIVER IT SAFELY

  • LEARNING ON THE GROUND AS WE GO TO ENSURE PATIENT SAFETY

  • PFIZER IS A COMPLEX VACCINE, NEEDS TO BE HANDLED WITH CARE

  • PEOPLE GETTING JABBED EXPECTt NOTHING ELSE

  • NEED TO USE THE WHOLE TRAY WHEN IT HAS BEEN DEFROSTED

WHEN OXFORD COMES ON STREAM WE CAN SCALE FURTHER 

2 DOSE VACCINE – NEED TO ENSURE WE CAN DELIVER 2ND DOSE WHEN MEDICALLY APPROPRIATE, WE DON’T WANNA RUN OUT 

VACCINE IS PER HEAD OF POPULATION, IT’LL BE STAGGERED OVER 9 MONTHS 

ON COURSE TO VACCINATE 50+ BY THE END OF MAY 

THE REST WILL BE DONE BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER 

OXFORD VACCINE 

WE HAVE RECEIVED OXFORD VACCINE BUT NOT THE PAPERWORK 

MORE MOBILE, WILL BE USED IN CARE HOMES

WE’LL BE STICKING WITH THE MANUFACTURERS GUIDELINES, DELIVERING THE PFIZER SECOND DOSE 21 DAYS AFTER THE FIRST AND 28 FOR THE OXFORD

WHEN IT’S YOUR TURN TO GET IT, YOU’LL GET A LETTER, PLEASE BE PATIENT 

PROGRAMME DESIGNED TO PROTECT THOSE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE

CATEGORIES ARE BASED ON WHO WILL SUFFER THE MOST, RATHER THAN IF YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET IT 

THANKS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED. ONE OF THE BIGGEST LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES WE HAVE EVER FACED.

OVER 80 LETTERS WILL START GOING OUT TOMORROW. ONLY THOSE WHO CAN MAKE IT TO NOBLES WILL BE INVITED 

PATIENT TRANSFERS CAN BE REFERRED FOR A VACCINE AT THE SAME TIME THE APPOINTMENT REFERRAL IS MADE

ELECTIVE SURGERY SUSPENDED FOR A FURTHER 7 DAYS 

NEED TO ENSURE BED CAPACITY IS THERE, THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE 

RESPITE WILL BE CANCELLED FOR 7 DAYS, THEY ARE SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ISN’T POSSIBLE. 7 DAYS ONLY AT THIS TIME. IF COMMUNITY CASES AREN’T A THREAT THEN WE WILL REOPEN

HOWARD 

GOOD TO SEE THAT WE HAVEN’T HAD A COMMUNITY SPREAD

BUT THIS IS THE START OF A PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTY, CONTACT TRACING STILL WORKING AND TESTING, WE HAVEN’T GOT A FULL PICTURE YET 

HENRIETTA 

EXTENSIVE TESTING WITH LARGE NUMBERS OF NEGATIVES. REASSURING THAT THE ONLY POSITIVE WAS A DAY 1 RETURNEE

BUT WE CAN’T RELAX, WE’RE NOT THROUGH THE INCUBATION PERIOD FOR EITHER OF THE CLUSTERS 

PLEASE REPORT SYMPTOMS IF YOU HAVE THEM – PHONE 111

IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN ANY OF THE VENUES AND HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS IT’S WORTH A TEST 

WE HAVEN’T CLOSED OFF ALL OF THE CHAINS

SO STAY VIGILANT FOR SYMPTOMS – CALL 111. YOU COULD HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY SOMEONE ASYMPTOMATIC 

HOWARD

FOOD RETAILERS HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND

SLOTS FOR THE ELDERLY ARE BACK, PLEASE LET THE VULNERABLE SKIP THE QUEUE

MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER 

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS STRUGGLING, ACCESS SERVICES VIA CHARITY 

CHECK-IN WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY 

HEAD TO THE ARE YOU OK? WEBSITE. FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING SUPPORT 

LIST OF OPEN NURSERIES FOR KEYWORKER KIDS CAN BE FOUND ON THE GOV WEBSITE

THE TIPS HAVEN’T BEEN TOLD TO CLOSE, THEY TOOK THE DECISION THEMSELVES. WE’RE WORKING WITH THEM TO OPEN THEM UP.

DENTISTS HAVEN’T BEEN MANDATED TO CLOSE. CHECK WITH YOUR DENTIST 

QUESTIONS 

SIMON: TWO ARRESTS FOR COVID BREACHES, DO YOU ENVISAGE HIGHER LEVELS OF PUBLIC DISOBEDIENCE THIS TIME ROUND?

HQ: DISAPPOINTING TO HEAR, LET’S HOPE IT’S A BLIP. 

SIMON: CAN YOU CONFIRM IF LOCAL PHARMACIES WILL GET INVOLVED IN OXFORD VACCINE ADMINISTRATION?

DA: WE ARE ENGAGING WITH THEM, HOPING TO DELIVER AT A PRIMARY CARE LEVEL 

HELEN: LOCKDOWN IS NOT GOING TO AFFECT VACCINE ROLLOUT?

DA: NO, PPE AND PROTOCOLS IN PLACE. WE’LL BE DOING THE 1,141 PER WEEK UNTIL OXFORD VAC COMES ONLINE

HELEN: HOW IS THE AIRPORT VACCINATION HUB GOING?

DA: IT’S ON TRACK, READY TO COME ONLINE IN FEB FOR AGE GROUPS THAT CAN TRAVEL 

ALEX: PEOPLE WERE FLABBERGASTED TO SEE THE VACCINE SUSPENDED FOR 4 DAYS. WHY?

DA: IT WAS ALWAYS THE PLAN. NEED TO USE THE WHOLE TRAY AT ONCE IT IS DEFROSTED. 

ALEX: IS IT JUST THE CASE THAT THE IOM NOT GETTING ENOUGH TRAYS?

DA: NOPE. WE’LL HAVE VACCINATED 3% OF THE POPULATION NEXT WEEK. 

ALEX: CONFIDENT YOU CAN’T DO IT MORE QUICKLY?

DA: NOPE

SAM: HOW CAN YOU REASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT OUR APPROACH TO VACCINES IS THE RIGHT WAY FORWARD? PEOPLE COMPARING US WITH JERSEY ETC

DA: WE NEED THE STOCK, WE NEED TO HAVE THE RIGHT PAPERWORK, WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE VACCINATION PROTOCOLS 

HQ: WE’RE FOLLOWING WHO GUIDELINES 

SAM: HOW MUCH OF THE OXFORD VACCINE WILL WE GET? ARE YOU CONSIDERING A HUB IN RAMSEY?

DA: EACH TRAY HAS 700 DOSES. OUR OVERALL ENTITLEMENT TO OXFORD IS ENOUGH FOR 80,000 PEOPLE. NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT HUBS, BUT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IT 

LEANNE: ANY MORE DETAILS ON HOW LONG THE VACCINE PROTECTION WILL LAST?

DA: WE DON’T YET KNOW 

DR H: IT’S GOING TO BE MONITORED. THE VACCINES PROTECT PEOPLE FROM SERIOUS ILLNESS, WE DON’T KNOW YET IF IT PROTECTS THEM FROM INFECTION 

PAUL: ON OXFORD, CAN’T YOU SIGN THE PAPERWORK OFF IN ADVANCE?

DA: WE CAN’T SIGN OFF SOMETHING WE HAVEN’T GOT OR SEEN. IN JERSEY THEY WENT AHEAD WITHOUT THE INDEMNITY AND PROTOCOLS, WE TAKE THE VIEW THAT WE DO EVERYTHING APPROPRIATELY 

PAUL: INDEMNITY IS AGAINST THE UK GOVERNMENT IS IT?

DA: YEAH

PAUL: HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN THE OVER 80 GROUP?

4,397

HQ: IF IT’S PROVEN THAT YOU HAVEN’T FOLLOWED RULES AND REGULATIONS, THE VACCINE MIGHT HAVE TO BE REDONE AND YOU MIGHT NOT BE INDEMNIFIED 

“IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME WE WILL HAVE OVERTAKEN THE UK PER CAPITA” – HQ

TIM: CAN WE SEE MORE TRANSPARENCY AND STATS AROUND VACCINATIONS?

DA: YEAH WE’RE GONNA DO IT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS

TIM: CURRENT CASES, ANYTHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THEM?

DR H: WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING SOLID TO SAY IT’S DIFFERENT

JOSH: DO YOU PLAN TO CHANGE WEEKLY OR MONTHLY TARGETS?

DA: WE WILL BE SCALING UP WITH THE OXFORD VACCINE.

JOSH: ANY TIMESCALES TO WHEN YOU’LL RECEIVE OXFORD?

DA: WE’VE GOT IT, TOLD YOU IN MY SPEECH. EXPECT THAT INDEMNITY WILL BE SIGNED OF 48 – 72 HOURS LATER 

JOSH: WHAT HAS THE UPTAKE BEEN FOR PEOPLE VOLUNTEERING?

DA: 60 VOLUNTEERS SO FAR 

CONTACT – LEAD@GOV.IM IF YOU WANNA HELP OUT 

CLOSING 

TREASURY MINISTER ALF IS JOINING US TOMORROW ABOUT ECONOMIC SUPPORT 

STAY HOME, WEAR A MASK, STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS. 

YOU KNOW THE DRILL. MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS