Covid Passes

Islanders planning overseas travel in the New Year are reminded to register for their NHS COVID Pass in good time – and ensure they can fulfil all necessary travel requirements for their trip.

The pass allows Isle of Man residents to show their vaccination status where evidence is required for travel and at venues and events, in a format which is internationally recognised.

There are three ways to access the NHS COVID Pass: 

  • via the NHS App on a smartphone or tablet
  • online via the downloadable version available through the NHS website
  • by requesting a paper copy vaccination certificate

There are two versions of the COVID Pass in both digital and letter format – one for travel abroad and one for UK domestic events and venues. Further information and Frequently Asked Questions about the NHS Covid Pass for Isle of Man residents are available via this link

Social Security

Customers should note that the Social Security offices at Markwell House in Market Street, Douglas, will be closed on Monday 27, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 December and Monday 3 January. There will also be no face-to-face Social Security services at Ramsey Town Hall on Tuesday 4 January due to the building being closed.

Additionally, people who collect their benefits and pensions at the Post Office using their MiCard are reminded that most Post Offices and sub Post Offices will close at lunchtime on Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December, and New Year’s Eve, Friday 31 December. Customers should check exact times with their preferred Post Office.

MiCard payments due for collection on Friday 24, Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 December will be made available for collection at Post Offices from Thursday 23 December. MiCard payments due for collection on Friday 31 December and Monday 3 January can be collected from Thursday 30 December.

Toy Safety

People are being reminded to check toys are safe for children by looking at the safety standard symbols. 

The Office of Fair Trading is asking the public to be vigilant when wrapping Christmas presents and pay attention to any warnings or symbols following news of dangerous advent calendars being sold in Scotland. 

The fidget spinner advent calendars were found to contain unsafe levels of chemicals in the plastics which may be harmful to children.  Consumers are also asked to pay close attention to any age limits and to check they are suitable.

By-Election

It was a bad night for Boris Johnson as his Tory party lost one of the safest seats around. The Lib Dems won the North Shropshire by-election, which the Tories have held for nearly 200 years. Winner Helen Morgan took the seat by nearly 6,000 votes, overturning a Conservative majority of almost 23,000. Boris ‘Johnson, the party is over,’ she said after the victory

A Storm is Coming

Wales must brace itself for the ‘storm of Omicron’, the first minister has warned. Nightclubs will close in Wales from 26 December in response to the rising number of cases of the variant. Social distancing will also be reintroduced in shops and workplaces. And Mark Drakeford said the Welsh government was not ruling out further measures on extended households and the “rule of six” in hospitality settings after Christmas. He told BBC’s Today programme: ‘Wales is in the calm before the storm. We see the storm of Omicron coming our way and we need to prepare for it now.’

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