Moderna Times

Today, Andrea Lener became the first person on the island to receive a Moderna jab as the island’s vax programme roared back into life. Kath Fenner administered the jab. Moderna will be offered to people aged 40 and under who haven’t yet been vaccinated, including returning students.  Second doses are scheduled for later this summer. Over 90,000 jabs have now been administered on the island.

Regional Hubs

A trial of regional Community Hubs will provide a face to face service and enable the public to access a range of gov services within their communities.

The Chief Minister’s Community and Public Engagement Committee have teamed up with gov departments to pilot these community hubs in Ramsey, Peel and Castletown this month.

The initial hubs will be supported by the Welcome Centre who will provide information on, and signposting to, the wide range of Government services already delivered through the Welcome Centre based in the Sea Terminal in Douglas. Services available at the hub will include Bus and Rail information and card management, Government Online services support and guidance, and VillaGaiety Tickets. 

With the support of Ramsey Town Commissioners the first hub will open on Wednesday June 16 from 10am to 2pm in Ramsey Town Hall. 

Chairman of Ramsey Town Commissioners, Andy Cowie said: “The Commissioners strongly support the concept of Community Hubs. Any project which distributes work around the Island’s town centres is to be encouraged, to both increase footfall in the town and to reduce inconvenience and the environmental impact of centralised services, which require dedicated and unnecessary travel.’

A further two hubs will open in the west and south of the island on the following dates and all will operate initially on a once a month basis:

  • Wednesday June 23 in Castletown Commissioners Civic Centre
  • Wednesday June 30 in the Western Wellbeing Centre in Peel

Countdown nearly over to 2021 Parish Walk

With just days to go until the 2021 Manx Telecom Parish Walk takes place (starting 8am Saturday June 19), race organisers are reminding spectators and supporters of the facilities available to them as they track competitors and cheer on friends and families around the 85-mile course.

All walkers will be wearing timing strips on the front race number which means their progress can be followed online at Each walker can also nominate two supporters to receive text messages which will be sent automatically when they reach designated checkpoints along the route. 

There are additional road closures in place this year, details of which can be found on the website and on a special online Parish Walk map . In particular for 2021, the road from the Round Table to Dalby is one-way and there is a No Stopping Zone from Eary Cushlin to The Raggatt in Patrick. Spectators are being encouraged to gather at the specially created Fanzone at Knockaloe Farm on the site of the Royal Manx Agricultural Show.

Sponsored by Nedgroup Investment, the Fanzone will provide a family-friendly festival atmosphere with live streaming of the walkers coming through Glen Maye and checking in at Peel. As well as offering plenty of off-road parking, there will be food and drink available from local caterers and children’s entertainment provided by Victim Support. A free minibus shuttle service between the Fanzone and Albany Road in Peel will also be available.

The race will start on Saturday at 8am from the NSC athletics track and walkers will be waived off by nine-year-old champion fundraiser Dylan Walton.

Covid Symptoms

A headache, sore throat and runny nose are now the most commonly reported symptoms linked to Covid infection in the UK, researchers say.  Prof Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, says catching the Delta variant can feel ‘more like a bad cold’ for younger people.  But although they may not feel very ill, they could be contagious and put others at risk. Anyone who thinks they may have Covid should take a test.

JD Bonus

The chairman of JD Sports has rejected criticism of a large bonus he received after the retailer benefited from millions of pounds in Covid support. Peter Cowgill told the BBC that the ‘lion’s share’ of the £4.3m bonus related to work done pre-January 2019. He also rejected suggestions the firm should repay furlough money. Shareholder advisory group Glass Lewis has urged investors in the sportswear chain to vote against what it calls an ‘inappropriate’ pay policy. Shareholders will get a chance to vote at JD Sports’ annual general meeting on July 1, although this would not be binding.

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