Covid-19: 18 new cases detected
The island has recorded 18 new coronavirus infections, it was revealed.
The number of active cases has climbed from the 21 reported last Thursday to 33.
But none are in hospital, although all the cases are being monitored by health officials.
There have been six recoveries since the last update.
The 18 new cases were detected among 8,804 test results that came back to health officials.
The health ministry said 14 of them had come in from overseas.
Health officials said statistics showed the island was moving out of the “community transmission” category.
Health officials emphasised the vaccine was the best protection against coronavirus infection and illness.
The flu vaccine will be available from Wednesday, for priority groups at first.
Kim Wilson, the health minister, said that online registration for the flu vaccine had started.
She reminded the public that the flu jab did not give any protection against the coronavirus.
All active cases where virus typing was available showed the Delta variant.
The seven-day average of the island’s real-time reproduction number is 0.52.
Covid-19 vaccination are available from 2pm to 4pm by appointment only every Tuesday at the Hamilton Health Centre on Victoria Street.
Appointments can be made at 332-8906 or booking online.
First and second dose appointments and walk-ins injections are available at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital vaccination clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm.
KEMH appointments can be booked online or through the vaccination hotline, 444 2498, option 2.
People eligible for the vaccine booster shots should make a booking at the Government website or by phone at the vaccination hotline or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
People aged 65 or more can walk into Pier 6 in Hamilton for a booster.
Hospital booster clinics will run on Wednesdays and Sundays, 8am to 8pm, up to December 22.
Flu shots cost $15 each, but the fee is waived for people aged over 65.
Online booking is available online at the Government website, or by calling 799-1524 or 332-8902.
The flu express will take drive-ins at:
• The National Stadium Pavilion, 65 Roberts Avenue, on Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
• The Clocktower in Dockyard on December 6 from 10am to 2pm
• Penno’s Wharf, St George’s on December 8 from 10am to 2pm, with drive-through unavailable;
• The Clocktower in Dockyard on December 10 from 10am to 2pm.
Priorities for the flu express are healthcare workers, caregivers and essential service workers and people aged 65 and over.
The flu express is also available to anyone with chronic medical conditions which put them at risk of flu complications and children aged 10 and above.
Payments for flu jabs are cash only.
Children aged from six months to 9 should go through their family doctors.
Flu shots will not be given to people with allergies to eggs, chicken products, or other components of the vaccine, or to people who have reacted to the jab before.
Anyone who feels unwell or who has a fever will also be refused the flu shot.
People who have had a seizure in the last year, people with Covid-19 or who are quarantined are also ineligible.