New Covid booster programme announced

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VULNERABLE Islanders, over-50s and frontline health staff are among those due to be offered a Covid-booster jab this autumn.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which Jersey has followed for vaccination guidelines since the start of the pandemic, have recommended that a further booster be offered by December.

Health Minister Karen Wilson said: ‘We welcome the advice from the JCVI on the Covid-19 booster programme for autumn to protect those who are most at risk of exposure from Covid-19.’

As Jersey and the UK moves away from a pandemic emergency response to pandemic recovery, large proportions of the UK community have developed partial immunity to Covid-19, according to the JCVI.

Deputy Wilson added: ‘Jersey will continue to follow the advice of the JCVI with our autumn booster roll-out.

‘Our vaccination team have been working hard on preparations to ensure we’re able to roll out the programme promptly. More information on when the booster will be offered will be available soon,’

The JCVI said that the purpose of the autumn booster programme was to offer protection against severe cases of Covid-19 leading to hospitalisation or death. The JCVI has said that the Covid vaccine programme should not impact on the annual flu jab.

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