Isle of Man Enters a New Covid-19 Circuit Breaker & Scales up Vaccine Programme

Due to outbreak of unexplained Covid-19 cases, which cannot currently be traced, emergency measures to protect the Isle of Man and its residents are now in force. These measures are detailed at https://covid19.gov.im/general-information/latest-updates/

The 111 line remains and the community line 686262 is available for any queries.

The Coronavirus Business Support Scheme (CBSS) is now in operation offering £1500 grants for those affected as well as the Salary Support Scheme.

The Manx Earnings Replacement Allowance has reopened for individuals and the self-employed and increased to £230 per week.

Once again a huge thank you to the health service and everyone keeping the Isle of Man safe, and up and running during these difficult times.

Sadly the surgery is cancelled this month, but please contact me on 215577 or ray.harmer@gov.im if you have any issues or concerns.

The vaccine rollout is gathering pace with increased supplies and the announcement of the gap between first and second vaccine increased to 10 weeks. Letters to the 65 to 70s aged group inviting registration for COVID-19 vaccine are going out. Currently over 23,000 vaccines have been given and this is due to increase to over 1000 a day towards the end of week. All those in phase 1, the vulnerable groups and over 50s are due to have at least their first vaccine by the end of April.

Stay safe.

Best wishes

Ray

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Dredging Peel Marina Restarts

The dredging works to complete the removal of 44,000 tonnes of silt from Peel Marina has restarted.

In the same way as the work was undertaken last year, the dredging process will involve using a long reach excavator on a floating barge, and the material will be transported 450 metres in purpose designed
trailers to a temporary drainage pool constructed in a field upstream from the Marina, beyond the Power Station site.

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Work underway for Isle of Man to join Paris Climate Agreement

Through the Climate Change Transformation board the Cabinet Office team are working to obtain formal approval to extension to the Isle of Man, which is hoped to be in place by November this year.

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Pop-up Clinic for Vaccines in Peel this Saturday

The nurse-led vaccination team will host a pop-up clinic at the Western Wellbeing Centre in Peel on Saturday (27 February) for local residents who are unable to travel. The clinic is fully booked, with slots offered to 126 people already registered for a jab. It follows a successful weekend clinic held earlier this month in Ramsey.

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February Surgery Today, Saturday 13th at Peel Town Hall

The monthly surgery with Geoffrey Boot MHK and Commissioners will take place today Saturday, 13th February at the Peel Town Hall from 11am to midday.
All welcome.
Ray Harmer

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Lockdown eased and targeted to end by 1 February 21

Some better news – with the absence of community spread of Covid-19, lockdown measures are being eased. Those in construction are able to return to work including electricians, builders, roofers, gardeners and decorators.

It will possible to meet outside with one other household from this Saturday, as long as it is socially distanced and people continue to wear face coverings.

It is hoped to lift all the Island’s lockdown measures in just over a week on 1 February, if there continues to be no more community cases of Covid-19.

During these difficult times the £1,500 Covid business support payment, salary support and Manx Earnings Replacement Allowance are available to help businesses and employees.

More information can be found at https://covid19.gov.im/

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Over-80s invited to register for Covid vaccination

More than 4300 Island residents over the age of 80 are to be invited to come forward for a vaccination to protect themselves from the effects of Covid-19.

Letters will be sent to the over-80s at their home address from today (8 January), along with an information leaflet explaining what is involved in having a vaccination and the vital role the vaccination programme plays in the fight against the pandemic. A separate process is in place to arrange vaccinations for those aged over 80 who live in a care or nursing home.

Information about the vaccination programme is available on the government website at www.gov.im/covidvaccination including links to detailed information about the different vaccines, the authorisation and approval process they have undergone.

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Circuit Break Lockdown for the Isle of Man

Emergency measures to protect the Isle of Man and its residents in light of the recent Covid-19 outbreaks come in force today. These measures are detailed at https://covid19.gov.im/general-information/latest-updates/

The 111 line remains and the community line 686262 is available for any queries.

A huge thank you to the health service and everyone keeping the Isle of Man safe, supplied and running during these difficult times.

Sadly the surgery is postponed this month, but please contact me on 215577 or ray.harmer@gov.im if you have any issues or concerns.

The lockdown is intended to be short as part of the elimination strategy. It was wonderful to see over a thousand people already vaccinated this week. The vaccine rollout is now in full swing.

Stay safe.

Best wishes

Ray

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas 🎄 & a healthy, safe and prosperous New Year
Ray

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Fight continues for Clean Beaches & Bathing Waters in Peel and the West

Manx Utilities have withdrawn their planning application for sewage treatment in the West. This is so disappointing after all the efforts made over a long period of time to find a solution.

It is set against the the backdrop of Tynwald approving the latest EU bathing standards and four beaches on the Island being designated as clean bathing beaches.

It is incredible that Peel is still pumping raw sewage, wet wipes and plastics into our sea with the damage that causes our wildlife and natural environment. For Peel and the West this is fight we must continue.

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