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Vaccination programme moves to Island's care homes

Care home residents to be among first to receive AstraZeneca jab

Care home residents will be among some of the first on the island to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine from tomorrow. (18 Jan)

The Covid vaccination programme begins rolling out into the Island's care homes in the morning.

A team of vaccinators will visit residential homes operated by the Department of Health and Social Care and the private sector, starting at Southlands in Port Erin, with the majority of residents indicating they wish to have the jab.
After Southlands, the team will be on the road throughout the week, touring the Island to visit several care homes a day.

It's expected more than 200 residents will have received their first vaccination by the end of the week. 
Next to be offered a vaccination will be residents of the Island’s nursing homes, who are due to be visited in the week commencing 25 January.

Across the residential and nursing home sector 1,000 individuals will be vaccinated over the coming weeks.
The vaccination hub is now almost finalised at the airport and work has just begun at the former Shoprite premises in Chester Street in Douglas.

The airport hub is scheduled to go live at the end of this month, with the Douglas centre due to open by mid-February.

Both sites have been developed at speed by the Department of Infrastructure which has provided bespoke, flexible facilities in existing government owned buildings, to ensure members of the public can be seen in comfort and safety at a convenient location when it is their turn for a vaccination.

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