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Steam Packet first asked for Covid vaccines in December

PAC told request actioned in February

A Tynwald committee has heard how the Steam Packet Company first asked for its crew to be vaccinated in December last year.

Staff were moved up the priority list in February after it was revealed Manx-based crew weren't following isolation requirements.

Yesterday Chief Minister Howard Quayle told the Public Accounts Committee he didn't know why the request hadn't been picked up sooner:

Committee member, and Douglas East MHK, Chris Robertshaw criticised handling of the issue as 'clunky and bureaucratic'.

Chief Secretary Will Greenhow, who also gave evidence, said they were following procedure:

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