The first 300 doses of Covid 19 vaccination have arrived on Alderney and healthcare staff have worked thoughout the day to get the most vulnerable vaccinated against the virus.
The Island Medical Centre took delivery of the 300 first doses of the Oxford/Astra-Zeneca vaccine on Friday and set about vaccinating Alderney’s most vulnerable elderly residents today.
One of the first to be vaccinated was venerable 107-year-old, Felicity Crump.
The IMC, led by Dr Sally Simmons, adhered to the priority list being followed by the States of Guernsey and the UK government when choosing who would receive the vaccine first, namely elderly residents in institutional care and healthcare workers.
Second on the priority list is all those residents aged over 80.
This morning a special meeting of the States took place at the Courthouse to give legal protections to the people administering the vaccines so the vaccination drive could launch as soon as supplies arrived.
Speaking after the States voted in favour of the (Coronavirus) Immunity from Civil Liability Ordinance this morning, States of Alderney President William Tate said:
“The vaccine arrived on the Island on Friday and some of our most vulnerable residents were given the vaccine this afternoon.
“In order to put in place the necessary legal protection for anyone administering the vaccine we, exceptionally, brought the States Meeting planned for Wednesday forward to this morning and passed the relevant Legislation with immediate effect.
The States acted swiftly and responsibly over the weekend, in consultation with Dr Simmons, to arrange the Meeting at the first opportunity in order that we acted in accordance with The Government of Alderney Law 2004.
We should all celebrate that we have now entered the next phase of our response to the Virus.”
Alderney Representative Alex Snowdon said: “This is really good news. Guernsey has provided us with 300 vaccines and the program of vaccination is starting on Alderney.“