Vulnerable islanders in Alderney to get Oxford vaccine today

The Oxford vaccine can be transported to Alderney because it does not need to be stored at ultra low temperatures like the Pfizer vaccine. Credit: PA Images

Some vulnerable islanders in Alderney will be vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine today (11 January).

The drug had to be approved by the States, before being given to islanders. A special sitting was called this morning (11 January) and jabs are expected to start this afternoon.

The first doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine arrived in the island over the weekend.

It was delivered to the Island Medical Centre and unlike the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, it does not need to be stored at ultra low temperatures, so can be transported to the smaller islands of the Bailiwick.

Regulators in the UK approved the vaccine's use at the end of last year and it was welcomed by medical experts in Guernsey soon after.

The President of Alderney States held a special meeting of the assembly in order for it to be approved to allow for the vaccination programme to go ahead. Politicians needed to enact The European Communities (Corona Vaccine) Ordinance 2020, to change the original date (Wednesday 13 January) when vaccinations were scheduled to start.