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Autumn 2022 booster programme

The Autumn Covid-19 booster campaign recently announced by the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) will commence on the Isle of Man on Monday 05 September 2022. 

Those eligible for the Autumn booster are:

  • residents in a care home for older adults, and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 50 years and over
  • those aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group
  • those aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • those aged 16 to 49 years who are carers

You can check your eligibility.

The primary objective for the Autumn 2022 booster campaign is to enhance immunity in those at higher risk from Covid-19. By taking the booster vaccine this autumn, it will reduce the likelihood of becoming very unwell should you catch the virus.

What vaccine will I be offered?

You will be given a booster dose of a vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. You may be offered an updated combination version of these booster vaccines – the combination vaccines include a half-dose of the previous vaccine combined with a half-dose of a vaccine against the Omicron variant. Both the previous and the combination vaccines boost protection very well, although the combination vaccines produce slightly higher levels of antibody against some strains of Omicron. As we cannot predict which variants of Covid-19 will be circulating this winter, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has concluded that both types of vaccine can be used in adults, and that no-one should delay vaccination to receive combination vaccines – you will be offered the right vaccine for you at the right time. Please accept the vaccination that is offered to you as soon as you are able to – it is important to have your booster and build up your protection against severe illness before the winter.

Timings of the Autumn booster

You should be offered an appointment between September and December, with those at highest risk being called in first. You should have your booster at least three months after your last dose of vaccine. If you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you may be able to have this at the same time – if not, please don’t delay your Covid-19 booster vaccine; you can catch up with the other vaccine later.

Who cannot take up the offer of an Autumn booster?

There are very few people within the above eligibility groups who should not have this booster. If you have had a severe reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine, you should discuss this with your doctor.

How do I get my vaccine?

The Covid-19 Vaccination Team will be offering walk in sessions at The Chester Street Vaccination Hub, throughout December.

Consent

In order to be vaccinated you must be able to demonstrate informed consent at your appointment.  If you believe your loved one does not have the capacity to consent in their own right, they will need a Best Interest Consent form to be completed by their General Practitioner and brought to the appointment.