Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, medical and scientific professionals have been working to develop a vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus.
Following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), three new vaccines have now been approved for use within the UK and Crown Dependencies.
The DHSC has begun rolling out the Isle of Man vaccination programme to eligible groups. Check the Isle of Man Government Twitter feed for updated information on number of vaccinations delivered.
Please wait to be contacted
The DHSC will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important that you don’t contact your GP for a vaccination before your invitation, so as not to overload to the GP services for those that need to use them.
The Isle of Man programme commenced on Monday 4 January 2021.
Starting with the following eligible groups
- those aged over 80
- residents in care homes and staff who work there
- health and care workers
The vaccine will be offered more widely to priority groups, and at other locations, as soon as possible. The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) issued on 30 December 2020
Please note: that this list of priority groups may change as we learn more about the different vaccine types and the response to immunisation in different groups.
For more details on this vaccination programme visit:
Vaccination information for the public
Advice is now also available for Healthcare professionals involved with the delivery of this programme.
Vaccines that have been approved for use in the Isle of Man
Approved on 2 December
Information on Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Approved on 30 December
Information on Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Approved on 8 January 2021
Information on Moderna vaccine
Minister Ashford, announced at Fridays briefing that another Vaccination centre has been identified at Chester Street and wil be located in the vacant Supermarket store below the main Car Park. This is in addition to the Airport Vaccination Centre already identified in the South of the Island. Further information on these centres will be provided soon.
Safety and effectiveness
The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna vaccine have received regulatory approval for emergency supply within the UK and Isle of Man. All have reported positive results with regards to safety and efficacy after being evaluated in a series of clinical trials.
A vaccine will only be used if it's approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA has been monitoring every stage of coronavirus vaccine development. Applications for COVID-19 vaccines are prioritised allowing for a robust and thorough assessment to the same high standards of safety, quality and efficacy, expected of all vaccines.
Receiving the vaccine may help protect you from coronavirus, it's still important to follow hand and respiratory hygiene as advised to keep each other safe.
Some legal changes under the Isle of Man Medicines Act 2003 have been made to allow for expansion of the vaccination workforce and use of vaccines with a temporary UK authorisation to support the rollout of the Isle of Man Vaccination Programme.
These amends were approved by Tynwald on 18 November and came into operation on 20 November 2020 and the following regulations have now been updated:
- Medicines for Human Use (Amendment) Regulations 2020
- Medicines (Advertising) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
- Medicines (Pharmacy and General Sale-Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
- Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
These changes will ensure that the Isle of Man is prepared to deliver a voluntary vaccination programme as soon as the vaccine is available.
Updated 12 January 2021