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About the Vaccine

The first consignment of the vaccine was received in Guernsey on 16 December 2020.  The arrival of the vaccine means that the roll out of the first phase of immunisation in line with the latest information and advice from the UK.

Vaccines save lives.

The impact of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will offer individual protection as well as greater protection for our loved ones and communities both here and abroad. Taking the vaccine will be voluntary in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The UK based Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, which offers up to 95% protection against COVID-19 illness and the AstraZeneca vaccine which offers up to 90%, are safe for roll-out in the UK - the first vaccine was administered in the Bailiwick on 17th December 2020.

Locally, plans for the widespread rollout of a vaccine have been in development for many months and are well advanced. Beau Sejour has been designated as the community vaccination centre. Work to repurpose the Sir John Loveridge Hall to provide a clinical setting has begun and will be ready to open on 25 January 2021 We will also be working with Primary Care and Occupational Health to deliver this vaccine to islanders.

We will be receiving our vaccines through a UK supply chain and our procurement teams are talking to their UK counterparts to ensure we receive a proportionate share of any available vaccine based on the population size of the Bailiwick.

The Committee for Health Social Care (HSC) are leading a project to ensure the correct legislation is in place to deliver a vaccine. HSC is similarly keen to ensure that the Bailiwick is ready to vaccinate, so that a vaccine/s can be procured from the supply chain, when it becomes available.

The legislative changes approved by the States Assembly in August 2020 has provided us with the ability to move at a pace which simply wouldn’t have been possible before and we are continuing to work with national colleagues to ensure that the Bailiwick is best prepared to deliver a voluntary vaccination programme as soon as such a vaccine is available. Further details are here.

COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to Alderney and Sark for distribution to residents who meet the priority criteria.

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