COVID-19

90,000 ISLANDERS RECEIVE FIRST COVID JAB WITH 40,000 NOW FULLY PROTECTED

Nearly 40,000 people on the Isle of Wight have received their second COVID-19 vaccination according to the latest figures. As the national COVID vaccine rollout continues, 129,433 doses have been given out on the Isle of Wight to those eligible – that is made up of 89,590 first doses and 39,843 second doses. More than […]
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ISLAND’S FIREFIGHTERS THANKED BY THE NHS FOR EFFORTS DURING COVID PANDEMIC

Firefighters across the Isle of Wight have been thanked by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between January and March, a team of 20 personnel from Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service – as it was – trained and worked as ambulance drivers, due to increased demand […]
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‘NO FIRM DATE’ FOR FAST CAT REINTRODUCTION SAY WIGHTLINK

Wightlink says it has ‘no firm date’ for the reintroduction of its FastCat services between Ryde and Portsmouth, despite growing demand from commuters and those planning visits to the Island as lockdown eases. The ferry firm maintains that it is continuing to review the demand for foot passenger travel between the Pier Head in Ryde […]
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OVER 87,000 ISLANDERS NOW PROTECTED AGAINST COVID-19

Over 100,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered to Islanders according to the latest available figures. NHS England data shows that 87,020 first doses have now been administered on the Isle of Wight, with 14,096 people now having received their second dose of vaccine. In the week between 21st March and 28th March, 12,125 […]
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MP PRESSES GOVERNMENT OVER SUPPORT FOR FESTIVALS

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has joined forces with a group of MPs calling on the Government for more support for festivals. During a parliamentary debate on Tuesday (23rd March) Mr Seely called on Culture Minister, Caroline Dinenage, to lobby the Treasury to support a reinsurance scheme. The Island’s MP argued that a Government-backed […]
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VOLUNTEERS FINED £100 FOR ‘NON ESSENTIAL’ MAINTENANCE AT FOOTBALL CLUB

A group of volunteers who spent their Saturday afternoon giving Ventnor Football Club a spruce up have been fined £100 each after they claim a disgruntled dog walker reported them to the authorities. With no Saturday action on the pitch, volunteers decided to make use of their time by picking up a paint brush to […]
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ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL ORGANISERS ‘EXPLORING OPTIONS’ FOR 2021 EVENT

An announcement is due to be made about this year’s Isle of Wight Festival next week, according to organisers. The team behind the annual event say they are ‘exploring options’ for this year’s 4-day festival following Boris Johnson’s big reveal of his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday. Currently, it seems unlikely that the festival […]
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SCHOOLS TO RE-OPEN IN 2 WEEKS’ TIME FOR ALL CHILDREN

All school children across the Isle of Wight will return to the classroom from Monday 8th March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed this afternoon (Monday). Despite calls for a staggered approach, it has been announced that all children across all year groups will return in just 2 weeks’ time following weeks of homeschooling. Most […]
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COVID-19 WORKPLACE TESTING NOW AVAILABLE WITH COUNCIL WORKING ON ADDITIONAL PLANS

Workplace coronavirus testing is now being offered to more businesses for staff who cannot work from home during lockdown. Businesses with 50 or more employees are now able to access lateral flow tests, which can produce results in less than 30 minutes. Around 1 in 3 people who have the virus have it without symptoms […]
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EYE OF THE STORM – ST MARY’S REMAINS UNDER CONSIDERABLE STRAIN SAYS NHS BOSS

‘Still in the eye of the storm’ — that’s the stark warning from the Isle of Wight’s top NHS boss as St Mary’s Hospital remains under considerable strain. As case rates steadily start to slow down, now falling to 415 cases per 100,000 from a peak earlier in January of 1,171.6, chief executive of the […]
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