The island’s second mass vaccination hub will open its doors in Douglas town centre on Monday.
Around 460 people are booked in for first and second jabs at the hub on its first day in operation. The facility will deliver vaccine at whatever rate it is supplied to the Island and as priority groups are invited to come forward – with jabs currently being administered to the over-80s and over-75s.
The former Shoprite premises now houses a bank of 10 cubicles equipped to administer jabs with a specialist storage area and preparation room for the vaccine in place alongside a waiting area and facilities for admin staff. Patients are asked to arrive just before their appointment to avoid queues forming, but there is plenty of space and seating inside the building for those who need to wait.
The new hub is easy to access by bus or car. Additional disabled parking has been made available on Market Street, with 2-hour disc parking on levels two to six in Chester Street car park and a drop-off area has also been added outside the hub for taxis and patient transport.
Health Minister David Ashford said: ‘I am delighted to see the next important step in the delivery of our vaccination programme come on stream. It has been good to see this disused building transform into a hub that will be well used over the next few months while we work towards vaccinating our island’s population.’
This Saturday (13 February) a ‘pop up’ vaccination clinic will be held at Ramsey Cottage Hospital. Jabs will be given to more than 200 elderly people living in the north of the island who are unable to travel.
The day is fully booked, and those with appointments are asked to arrive no more than a few minutes before their slot to avoid unnecessary waiting or congestion at the hospital.