A number of COVID-19 vaccines have now been authorised around the globe. As a result, many organisations are registering their interest in high-security solutions in order to safely administer the vaccine en masse.
Interest in high-security fencing for vaccine centres was sparked following a recent event that we organised, and this blog post aims to inform anyone involved in the development of such a facility.
- Dangers to consider
- Key recommendations
- Whether a ‘layered’ approach is suitable
Read on to find out more…
High-security fencing for vaccine centres And Bio-chemical
With the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout 2020, the world stopped. Workplaces were closed, education put on hold, and the key message was to stay at home to save lives. This was of course for most of the world.
However, the medical world was more alive than ever. Hospitals were operating close to full capacity, research centres working overtime, and vaccine centres were trying to find a way to end the pandemic.
With vaccines seen as the only answer to the world’s problem, they have been thrust into the public eye, making them a valuable asset to anyone, and these assets need to be protected. If these vaccines fell into the wrong hands, they could pose a risk and could harm unauthorised personnel.
What Are The Dangers?
It isn’t just the vaccine that could be harmful, we need to consider the contents of the labs involved. We have seen the devastating effect of one virus, and these units may have multiple vaccines and viruses being researched at the same time.
If any of these viruses got out into the population, we could face another pandemic and would be back to square one.
High-security fences provide the first layer of security to prevent this from happening. Whether a single fence is used, or the layered approach is taken, it deters possible intruders and can delay attackers for long enough for the relevant security to react to the situation.
Which Fencing Would Be Recommended For The Likes Of Research/Vaccine Centres?
Any type of fencing is better than no fencing at all, as all security fences act as some sort of delay as a minimum. However, for the highest security to effectively protect an asset such as this one, it is advised to choose a minimum of a CPNI or LPS1175 B3 security fence.
Both of these security fencing options are regularly tested to ensure they can offer substantial protection to the assets inside a facility.
Barkers SecureGuard SL2 fencing meets both LPS 1175 B3 and C1 accreditations, making it an ideal option for the fencing for a vaccine centre.
What Additions Can Be Made To Make Your Security Fencing More Secure
Usually, a security fence alone is a good deterrent and delay method for high-risk facilities, however, there are additional options you can use to make the fence even more daunting to any unauthorised personnel.
The use of barbed and razor wire are the most common additions used alongside security fencing. The aggressive look to the wire, as well as the additional physical protection it can give offer the most protection to any property.
The use of security gates and turnstiles in conjunction with fencing will provide added security to your site. If you are choosing a forced entry tested fence, it would make sense for the entrance security to meet the same standards.
The Layered Approach To Your Security Fencing
Layered approaches are used to ensure maximum protection, creating more time for the site to react to an attack.
If the vaccine centre is under 24-hour surveillance, a layered approach may not be essential but can help delay the attack.
A key consideration for vaccine centres is that the layered approach of security fencing depends on the space available. The more space you have around the site perimeter, the more feasible a layered fencing system would succeed.
HS security offers layered fencing options with barriers, cages, covers and cabinets to help protect assets. Barkers’ association with HS security allows us to bring all of these options from a single source, should they be required.
When it comes to specifying a security fence for a vaccine centre, it’s important to consider your site, as each facility can be different.
The priority is protecting the assets inside, and as vaccines are very important to the world, a higher level of security fencing is needed.
We would recommend a double-layered approach with a minimum SR2 certification, however, if you’re still unsure, we can offer a free, no-obligation, site assessment, to identify your needs.
Russell’s security career began in 2006 when Barkers were tasked to develop a highly secure fence to prevent security breaches at a high profile mine in Papua New Guinea.
At the time Russell was managing Barkers Fastener division, playing a pivotal role in the development of StronGuard. Due to the success of StronGuard, Russell became Business Development Director for our high security products.