16 November 2021
Changes to Jersey’s vaccination team will happen in a phased approach from this month.
Becky Sherrington, Head of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, will be joining the Care Commission as the new Chief Inspector from the start of next year. Becky will be succeeded by Emma Baker who will begin a handover this month and start full time in the role from early next year.
In her previous role as Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control (IPaC), Emma led IPaC through many elements of COVID-19 preparedness and response throughout the pandemic, helping to deliver an island-wide, high quality, safe service.
In addition, Ross Barnes, Operational Lead for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, will be joining Health and Community Services as Head of Non-Clinical Support Services at the start of December. Bernard Place, who oversaw operations for Jersey's Personal Protective Equipment Cell in 2020, will replace Ross as Operational Lead for the vaccination programme.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said: "I would like to thank Becky and Ross for their incredible hard work over the course of the last 14 months. They have both been intrinsic to the success of our vaccination programme, and their dedication and hard work has been felt by many Islanders. I wish them all the very best as they move into their new positions at the Care Commission and in Health and Community Services.
"I would also like to welcome Emma and Bernard to the vaccination team. I know their experience will be invaluable in the ongoing success of the programme.
"I would like to remind Islanders that the changes to the vaccination team do not mean that the programme is stepping down or indeed that the risk of COVID is over. It is vital for all eligible Islanders to attend for their COVID and flu vaccinations as we enter the winter months."
Becky Sherrington, Head of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to lead on the vaccination programme for the last 14 months and work with the most brilliant team of people. I would like to thank Ross Barnes for his incredible work over the course of the last year, and wish Emma and Bernard every success in their new roles."
Emma Baker, Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control, said: "I am delighted to be joining the vaccination team as Head of Programme, and look forward to expanding on the incredibly important and excellent work that the programme has already delivered."