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Risk vs benefit analysis of COVID-19 vaccinations (FOI)

Risk vs benefit analysis of COVID-19 vaccinations (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 16 July 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



Please could you send me the risk vs benefit analysis of the covid-19vaccines for all the different age groups?


Please could you send me the information and statistics and reports which specify the reasons why we declared an emergency pandemic and the information, statistics and reports that prove we are still in one.


Please could you confirm whether Ivan Muscat is receiving money for private PCR testing- £150 per test to be exact.  



Data suggests that increasing age is a significant risk factor for severe infection with COVID-19. Infection fatality ratios (IFR) for COVID-19 show a marked increase in IFR in the oldest age groups and can be found in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) Green Book. Please see the following link:

Greenbook chapter 14a COVID-19 (

There is good evidence that the risks of hospitalisation and critical care admission from COVID-19 increase with age. The Government of Jersey follows the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) who advised that the offer of vaccination during Phase two be age-based starting with the oldest adults first. Full details are available in the following link:

JCVI final statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: 13 April 2021 - GOV.UK (


COVID-19 was characterised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020:

WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 11 March 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) data for Jersey is published here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) data for Jersey (


All Health and Community Services Consultants can contractually undertake private practice within the relevant rules.

For more information please see the response to a previous FOI response together with the answer to a States Question (WQ.362/2020) as asked by Deputy Higgins on 6 October 2020.

Covid-19 tests for private patients (FOI)

Written Question: WQ.362/2020 by Deputy Higgins on 6 October 2020 

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