Booster Consent

Relatives and carers of people who cannot give informed consent for their Covid-19 booster vaccination are reminded that a ‘best interest’ declaration from their GP will be needed before a top-up jab can be given. 

Consent for someone’s vaccination cannot be given by another person, including a close family member. People are asked not to attempt to sign for a relative on the day of vaccination. The route for those who lack capacity to make their own decisions is the same for the current booster rollout as it was for the main Covid vaccination programme. 

An individual is deemed to have capacity when they can understand, retain and use the information given to them – in this instance, information about having a vaccine – and communicate their answer. If that is not possible, a decision must be made on their behalf, usually by their GP, as to whether having the vaccine is in their best interest. 

In this process, the GP will assess the individual and try to understand what their wishes would be if they could give consent, by talking to those who know and love them best, and by looking at previous decisions the person made, for instance if they had vaccinations against flu or other diseases in the past. If the doctor decides that it is in the person’s best interest to have the Covid booster, he or she will give consent for that person.

Best in the World

The Isle of Man’s Financial Services industry won two industry awards at the 2021 ‘International Investment’ Awards, which were held virtually on 7th October 2021.

The Isle of Man was named ‘Best International Finance Centre’ for the fourth time in the past five years. Finance Isle of Man also won joint first place (with RL360) for the ‘International Campaign of the Year’ award for the “Captive Isle of Man” campaign in association with the Isle of Man Captive Association. 

Additionally, Isle of Man based companies have won multiple awards in industry categories including David Kneeshaw, Group CEO, IFLG winning Personality of the Year (Industry) Award for the second year.

Michael Crowe, CEO, Finance Isle of Man, commented: ‘The Isle of Man has always been proactive and at the forefront of global finance. We are proud to be a jurisdiction of choice for private clients and intermediaries across the world. The Best International Centre award reflects the collaborative work of the industry, the Government and the Regulator to create the right business environment and make the Isle of Man a great place to do business.’

Finance Appointments

Finance Isle of Man, an Executive Agency for the DfE, has appointed three new Non-Executive board members. 

The new members are Claire Milne, Partner at Appleby and Non-Executive Director at Playtech and Zurich International, and Dougie Elliott, Director at Sovereign Trust and Chairman of the Association of Pension Scheme Providers. Anne Couper Woods, Director at Boston Multi Family Office will be representing the Association of Corporate Service Providers.

Sue Preskey, Chair for Finance Isle of Man, said: ‘We are delighted with the amount of interest we received for the self-nominated positions and it is great to have a mixture of new and returning members joining us from the trade bodies. These positions represent an opportunity to contribute to and influence the future development of the Isle of Man’s Financial and Professional Services sector, the cornerstone of our economy.’

How to Save a Life

Demonstrations of how to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) will take place in Douglas town centre this Saturday. 

Manx Care’s Resuscitation Team will be providing demonstrations of CPR throughout the day at the Strand Shopping Centre on World Restart a Heart Day (October 16), offering members of the public the chance to have a go at learning this lifesaving procedure and answering any questions they may have. 

Figures from the British Heart Foundation suggest that nearly a third of adults in the UK would be unlikely to attempt CPR if they found someone in cardiac arrest due* to a lack of knowledge of how to perform the life-saving technique, despite it being a relatively simple technique to learn. The Resuscitation Team members, who are based at Noble’s Hospital, are working to raise awareness of cardiac arrest, and to teach others what can be done to respond quickly in an emergency. 

Demonstrations will take place from 10am to 4pm at the Strand Shopping Centre in Douglas. For more information, please email

Carbon Dioxide

Remarkably, we need more carbon dioxide. It is for our food and helps to keep items fresh, but also for our fizzy drinks and beer. Well good news, kind of, the UK gov has stepped in to help and a deal, to avert another carbon dioxide crisis in the food and drink industry, has been extended until early 2022.

US firm CF Industries, a key CO2 producer in the UK, has agreed to continue supplies of the gas. It said that should give the government and firms time to find other sources of CO2. Firms will now have to pay more for their CO2, but it is unclear how much. With firms paying more for the gas, it is likely we will see the difference in our pockets as well, as consumers face yet another price increase before Christmas.

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