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First care home resident vaccinated on Island

Mon, 18 Jan 2021

Vaccinations are being offered to care home residents across the Island from today.

First to receive the vaccination at the Southlands home in Port Erin was 84-year old Sally Murray, one of 33 residents and six staff who had their jab today.

Sally, who has lived at Southlands since 2018, also became the first person in the Island to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being used in this latest stage of the rollout.

On having the vaccination Sally said: ‘Is that it? Everyone who can should have the vaccine. This will help not only me but everyone else and I feel very lucky to be getting the first one.’

A multi-disciplinary team of vaccinators is visiting residential homes in the Island this week, those run by the Department of Health and Social Care and the private sector. By the end of the week, more than 200 care home residents - a key priority group for vaccination - will have gained protection from serious illness caused by Covid-19.

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is being given to health and care staff and the over 80s at a vaccination hub in ward 20 on the Noble’s Hospital site. 

In the coming weeks, two new vaccination hubs will open, one in Douglas at the former Shoprite store in Chester Street and the other at a purpose-built hub at the airport. 


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