The States of Alderney has stressed a warning by Public Health saying that there is no concrete timeline for vaccinations.
The warning came as the Committee for Health and Social Care announced they were expecting 18,525 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 22,070 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to have arrived on Island by the end of March 2021.
The roll out of the Bailiwick’s vaccination programme is being guided by the UK’s Joint Commission on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) list, which prioritises demographics according to risk.
The first priority group for phase one of the programme is care home residents and care workers. In Alderney they were vaccinated with the first 300-dose tranche of Alderney’s vaccine allocation earlier this week. They will receive their second dose in around a month’s time. Alderney is being given the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine as the Island does not have the cold storage facility for the Pfizer vaccine.
The next priority group listed is over 80s and front line staff, then over 75s, who will be invited to receive their vaccine by the Island Medical Centre.
A spokesman for the States of Alderney said:
‘As previously advised by Public Health there is no timeline as to when each group will start to receive the vaccine. In an instance where there are extra doses of the vaccine, the next priority group will be invited to be vaccinated.
‘No one will jump the queue and it cannot be privately purchased or issued to non-permanent residents. Whilst the vaccine is not compulsory and it may not stop you from getting the virus or passing it on to others, the vaccine is designed to reduce symptoms.’
States of Alderney President William Tate said:
‘I wish to thank everyone playing their part to protect our Covid-free Island and ask that we remain vigilant to help best protect our residents.’
Details on vaccine eligibility can be found here: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/vaccine/eligibility.