Islanders living in care homes, those over the age of 80 and those working in health and social care are expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next month.
A Local Outbreak Engagement Board meeting held earlier today (Thursday) detailed how a mass vaccination programme is expected to get underway within weeks and is anticipated to be completed on the Isle of Wight by March or April next year – providing some hope that the Island will be able to get back to normal by the Summer.
However, that is all subject to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) giving the green light for Pfizer’s much-anticipated vaccine to be used in the UK. The licence to vaccinate is expected within a matter of weeks.
The first people to get the vaccine will by older adults’ living in local care homes and those working in care homes. This will be closely followed by all those over the age of 80 and all health and social care workers. After that, GPs will offer vaccines to Islanders based on their age – and only Islanders with a registered doctor on the Isle of Wight will be able to get a vaccine here.
For those under the age of 50, known as the rest of the population, it is unclear when a vaccine will be offered. Those under 50 are considered to be the lowest priority and it’s known that the vaccine won’t be offered to under 18s. However, high-risk and moderate-risk adults under 65 will be prioritised.