THE Falkland Islands has welcomed delivery of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine tonight. Upon arrival the vaccines were carefully offloaded from the South Atlantic Airbridge and transported by road to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where they were immediately taken to refrigeration units within the hospital.

3000 doses were provided by the UK government which will enable the Falklands to vaccinate everyone over the age of 50, including people on the high and moderate risk registers, health and social care staff and other frontline workers.

Plans are already in place to begin the islands-wide vaccination programme from Monday February 8 onwards, both in Stanley and outside of the town.

More news of the delivery and the programme in Friday’s Penguin News.

Image: Chief Medical Officer Rebecca Edwards, MLA Leona Roberts, HE the Governor Nigel Phillips (Pic Penguin News)