MAJOR MILESTONE: 50,000 ISLANDERS HAVE RECEIVED COVID-19 VACCINE TO DATE

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Around 35% of the Island’s entire population have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, it has been revealed.

Data published by NHS England, recorded on the National Immunisation Management Service database, breaks down vaccine doses by clinical commissioning groups (CCG) for the first time.

It has been confirmed that on the Isle of Wight, a total of 49,475 doses have been administered to date, between 8th December 2020 and 14th February 2021. That number is made of up 47,586 first doses and 1,889 second doses. This is much higher than previous estimates of around 30,000 vaccinations, highlighting the fantastic effort being put in by the NHS, volunteers and residents to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Amazingly, more than 97% of over 70s on the Isle of Wight have been given their first COVID vaccine, a total of 28,923 people. Some 18,663 people under the age of 70 have received their first jab. However, that means that 3% of those most at risk have either said no, or have been unable to take the vaccine.

In mid-2016, the Island’s population was estimated to be around 140,000 with 25,000 Under-18s living locally. That means around 43% of the Island’s adult population have now received the first dose. By May, it is hoped that all over 50s will have been vaccinated which would take the Island’s total to around 92,000 – or 80% of the adult population.

As a result of the focus being on vaccinating as many people as possible with an initial dose, less than 4% of those vaccinated have received their second dose – a total of 1,889 people, made up of 324 under 70s and 1,565 over 70s. The emphasis is starting to change and second doses will be given in the next few weeks ahead of the 12-week deadline.

Kenneth Killeen, 98, from Newport was the first Islander to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at 13:46 on 15th December 2020

The next cohorts of people identified as being a priority are now being invited to have their vaccines, including those over 65.

The Isle of Wight CCG recently announced everyone in the top 4 vaccine cohorts – residents in care homes for older adults, those aged between 70 and 80, the clinically extremely vulnerable and frontline health and social care workers – have all been offered the jab.

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At the St Mary’s Hospital vaccine hub, which has now closed until second doses of the Pfizer vaccine are issued, 8,155 frontline health and social care workers were given vaccines in less than a month.

The Government hopes that all over 50s will be vaccinated by May, paving the way for a Great British Summer on the Isle of Wight. Across the UK, a staggering 16.5 million people have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with positive tests, deaths and hospital admissions all falling sharply.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out the Government’s plans for unlocking the country on Monday (22nd February).

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Miss sensible
Miss sensible
1 month ago

An Amazing job by all involved in this mass roll-out.
Big pat on the back to you all .
Can’t wait for mine .
Keep up the great work .

Kev
Kev
1 month ago

Good news yes, but please do remember, it seems still possible you can still carry Covid and spread it to others, further more it is not a 100% that you will not still suffer from the virus.

We must all still follow the 2 meter rule even when vaccinated, the vaccine is a major step forward, unfortunately not an absolute cure, forget this and we will still have a major issue.

John
John
Reply to  Kev
1 month ago

If only people followed the 2 metre rule, very rare.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  Kev
1 month ago

Totally agree we still need to observe hands face and space .
But the more people that have it will mean a more new normal .
Until then stay safe .

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

WELL DONE!!!!!!! Brilliant job 🙂

Echo reader
Echo reader
1 month ago

How long does it protect you and does it work strait away? I was under the impression you needed a second shot a while after for it to be most effective.

To wipe out the virus wouldn’t we need the entire island vaccinated before the vaccines start to wear off? And lastly if the vaccine doesn’t stop you from catching it but only stops you getting ill. Doesn’t that mean we will never get rid of it needing jabs every few months for the entire planet?

Gregory Smith
Gregory Smith
Reply to  Echo reader
1 month ago

Needs 10 days to 3 weeks to become as effective as the single dose will be, I have been told.

The second dose increases the effectiveness to high 80’s or 90′ % depending on type given.

To entirely ‘wipe out’ the vaccine I think is not going to happen, and all who ‘are’ going to be vaccinated will be done so before the vaccine protection wears off.

As you say it doesn’t stop you getting the illness, so yes potentially this will mean yearly vaccines unless the virus mutates much weaker, and becomes as harmless as a cold, the future is still not clear as far as I can see.

Echo reader
Echo reader
Reply to  Gregory Smith
1 month ago

Thanks for the info.

John
John
Reply to  Echo reader
1 month ago

Regular jabs will be the way forward like the Flu Vaccines

Rusty nuts .
Rusty nuts .
Reply to  Echo reader
1 month ago

The vaccine will not wipe out the virus .It’s here to stay .It just reduces symptoms .

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Echo reader
1 month ago

Your so negative, I bet you voted to stay in the EU…

Sassybluebell
Sassybluebell
1 month ago

Had my first vaccination yesterday in Shanklin. It was all done with military precision- no lapsing, fast and very efficient- you couldn’t have asked for more ! They are doing a great job and have my greatest respect !

Jevon
Jevon
1 month ago

Had my first one at Westridge on Wednesday. Very slick and efficient. Brilliant job by all from the men and women in the car park to all the staff inside.

AMA
AMA
1 month ago

Had mine at Riverside. Everything done in military precision. Did notice that many nurses had returned from retirement to help. So a big thank you to them. Unfortunately let’s wait for the Covidiots to make their anti vaccine and goverment conspiracy comments etc

Caroline.
Caroline.
1 month ago

Anyone experience any side effects to the vaccine? I’m a bit anxious..

John
John
Reply to  Caroline.
1 month ago

I have heard reports from relatives who have had the Vaccine
Sore arm and tiredness is what they have experienced.
I believe after the 2nd dose there may be some more issues.
At present I only know 8 people who have had the 1st dose.
Some have had Astra Zeneca and some Pfizer.
I am not too sure which is the Best one.
You can Google them but there is so much information to take in.
Good luck, stay safe.

Caroline.
Caroline.
Reply to  John
1 month ago

Thanks John. I’m a migraine sufferer & the thought of provoking an attack is very worrying.

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Caroline.
1 month ago

Both my parents have had the vaccine, no side effects whatsoever. They are both in their 80th years. No need to be anxious Caroline, all will be ok.

Caroline.
Caroline.
Reply to  Sunshine
1 month ago

Thanks Sunshine, your encouraging words have made me feel a bit better.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  Caroline.
1 month ago

A friend of mine had a headache, and 1 nights bad sleep .
My neighbour felt tired for 48 hrs.
Another a stiff arm for a few day’s, .
But as they said a small price to pay .
I also agree a very small price .
I will definitely not worry about anything when I get mine .

Caroline.
Caroline.
Reply to  Miss sensible
1 month ago

Thanks Miss. Sensible, it’s good to know other people’s reactions, if any, it’s something no one seems to talk about.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Caroline.
1 month ago

I felt a little off for a day. I get the same sometimes from the Flu jab. I guess means the vaccine is working and your body is reacting. 🙂 Once I’ve had my second jab and the infection rate is back down I will be able to go to the office. 🙂 (and sit on the beach)

Oldbutalive
Oldbutalive
Reply to  Caroline.
1 month ago

Both my parents in late 80’s just had sore arms for a few days, but a disabled female friend of mine ended up feeling rather ill, headache, tiredness and lack lustred, but after a few days started to feel fine again.

clive
clive
1 month ago

So if you were unable to breathe because your lungs were being destroyed bit by bit, you would refuse a ventilator and opt for a couple of paracetamol and chicken soup while flicking through “Flat Earther’s quarterly” .. muttering it’s just flu, it’s just fly, it’s definitely just flu.. good luck
with that..

clive
clive
1 month ago

Does it never occur to you that oops might have it wrong, or is just digging a bigger and bigger hole for yourself the way forward.. against all evidence, against almost all public opinion.. does it make you feel special that no-one else gets the truth but you. Reason is not because everyone else is deluded, ie the mantra I’m not mad it’s everyone else.. Have you ever considered that the problem lies closer to home..

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

So good to see so many people quite happy to have an experimental drug pumped into them, good luck to you all!

clive
clive
Reply to  Rob
1 month ago

I hear if you take it you become a 5G transmitter and it’s a conspiracy amongst mobile phone companies to provide extra coverage..

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