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Young Islanders urged to get their vaccine

19 August 2021

‚ÄčThe latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics as at Sunday 15 August, show 81% of adult Islanders are fully vaccinated against Covid, and 25% of 16 and 17 year olds have had their first dose since becoming eligible on 5 August.

Other key statistics:

  • 86% of adult Islanders have had one dose
  • 87% of Islanders aged over 30 years old are fully vaccinated
  • 65% of Islanders aged 18-29 have had one dose
  • 75,506 first doses have been administered
  • 70,933 second doses have been administered

Deputy Chief Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said: "The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that a booster programme could begin in mid-September which would maximise protection in those who are most vulnerable ahead of the winter months. The vaccination team have been continuing at pace in preparing for a booster programme which will be administered at Fort Regent and will be at no cost to Islanders. We will provide the final details of how the booster programme will proceed once confirmation has been received by the JCVI.

"Additionally, we are now in the final stages of preparing for Stage 7 of the Reconnection Roadmap, when the last remaining Covid restrictions will be lifted on the 26 August. This is largely due to the defense that the vaccine has provided and continues to provide the community.

"I'd like to encourage those Islanders who have not yet had their first dose, or who need to attend for the second dose, to book an appointment or walk-in for a vaccine at the Vaccination Centre. This is particularly important for those 16 and 17 year old Islanders who have recently become eligible for a first dose; getting vaccinated now will provide the best protection ahead of schools returning."

Head of the Vaccination Programme, Becky Sherrington, said: "Last week we were pleased to announce that 80% of adult Islanders are fully vaccinated against Covid, and the statistics this week show that uptake continues to grow. We have also seen 25% of all 16 and 17 year olds come forward for their first dose since becoming eligible just a couple of weeks ago which is fantastic and I'd like to thank everyone who has attended for vaccination so far.

"I'd like those young Islanders to encourage their friends to get vaccinated too, particularly ahead of the restrictions being lifted on the 26 August and before going back to school in a couple of weeks time. Islanders can guarantee an appointment by booking, or are welcome to just walk-in for their first or second dose at the Vaccination Centre. Islanders only need to spare approximately 20 minutes to get vaccinated and will then afford themselves good protection against Covid and Long Covid."

For the full vaccination programme opening days and times please visit gov.je. Islanders who are walking in without an appointment for their second dose must ensure 28 days or more have passed since the first dose was administered.

Islanders can book their first dose online at the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments page or by ringing the Covid helpline. 

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