31 August 2022
Eligible Islanders will be able to book their Autumn Booster from tomorrow (Thursday 1 September) with appointments available from Tuesday 6 September.
The booster programme will offer the most vulnerable people extra protection through the Autumn and Winter months.
Islanders that are eligible are:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff
- Health and social care workers
- All adults aged 50 and above
- People aged 5 to 49 years in clinical risk groups
- People aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
- People aged 16 to 49 years who are carers
The Autumn booster will be administered providing at least three months have passed since the last vaccination dose. If the last booster was missed, eligible Islanders are urged to receive their Autumn Booster as soon as possible.
Bookings will be opened in priority group order to ensure the most vulnerable can receive their vaccine. Care home residents and staff and Islanders aged 80 and over will be the first group to be offered appointments from the 6 September. Further booking dates will be announced in priority group order and will be released in due course.
Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat, said: “The booster will be offered as a bivalent vaccine which is able to target both the original strain of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. This means that it will offer greater protection against the variant we currently have in Jersey.
“Vaccination protects against severe disease and hospitalisation and severe disease is more likely with increasing age and in immunosuppressed individuals. I therefore urge everyone that is eligible to book their booster dose to protect themselves this coming season.”
Islanders that have elderly relatives and friends are encouraged to help them book their vaccine appointment. Appointments can be booked at gov.je/vaccine or through the Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 735 5566.