The Jersey government has announced that a booster vaccination program will begin before winter for islanders most at risk, with vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds currently being approved.
The program plan also includes information on how they will administer the flu shot program this year.
It comes as the UK announced its winter plans earlier this week.
12 to 15 years old
On the advice of the UK’s chief medical officers, 12 to 15 year olds will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.
It will be a voluntary vaccination but it will require parental authorization.
The decision was made because it will help reduce disruption in children’s education and prevent further damage to a child’s mental health in terms of being at home away from friends, school and children. additional activities.
It was decided that the larger impact of the vaccine outweighed the reason for not having one.
These vaccinations will be available to Islanders starting Monday, September 27 at Fort Regent, with a dedicated space for the youngest.
Booster vaccination program
Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) and the UK’s chief medical officers, the Jersey government will launch a vaccination program for those most at risk for the virus.
This program will begin on Monday, September 20 for residents of retirement homes, islanders over 80, and all social and health workers. The priority group covers:
Islanders living in nursing homes for the aged
All adults 50 years of age or older
All health and social services workers
All islanders aged 16 to 49 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 – including adult caregivers
Adult household contacts of immunocompromised people
Covid-19 infections are expected to continue circulating in the coming months, alongside seasonal flu and other respiratory viruses, but early data from Public Health England suggests that the protection provided by vaccines against Covid-19 gradually decline over time.
It has been recommended that the doses be given six months after receiving the second dose, so islanders eligible for a booster should ensure that six months have passed since their second dose.
The third vaccine administered will be Pfizer, regardless of the first and second dose of vaccine.
Flu vaccination program
The extended flu vaccination will be offered in addition to the Covid-19 booster and free of charge to people over the age of 50 and in groups at risk of influenza.
The rollout of this program will begin on Monday, October 18, and this vaccine will be offered at Fort Regent upon arrival on the island. More information will be published in the coming weeks.
Public health advice for the fall remains to meet people outdoors when possible and to keep windows open if you are indoors. Socialize in small groups and stay away from people outside your household during gatherings.
JVCI will continue to review the data with the full release of Jersey’s Covid Winter Strategy in October.