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Getting a COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is an important part of protecting yourself if you're at increased risk from severe COVID-19.

First and second vaccines for children aged six months to four years old

Children aged six months to four years old who are at increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 can get a first and second COVID-19 vaccine.

You should be told if you or your child are at increased risk from COVID-19.

You may be at increased risk from COVID-19 if you have a health condition, such as:

  • a long-term lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma (if you need steroid tablets) or cystic fibrosis
  • a long-term heart condition, such as congenital heart disease or chronic heart failure.
  • a long-term condition of the kidney, liver or digestive system
  • a long-term problem with the brain or nerves, such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, an inherited condition or autism
  • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or being on the learning disability register), such as Down’s syndrome
  • diabetes or another hormone disorder, such as Addison’s disease
  • a weakened immune system, due to a medical treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy), a condition (such as leukaemia), a genetic condition or from having an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • problems with the spleen, having no spleen or having a condition that can affect the spleen (such as sickle cell disease)
  • a serious genetic condition that affects multiple systems in the body, such as mitochondrial disease
  • being pregnant (all stages)
  • living in a long-stay nursing and residential care home as a younger adult

This list is a summary and does not cover everything. There are other health conditions that might mean you're at increased risk from COVID-19. Please see Isle of Man Government - The COVID-19 vaccine and health conditions.

How to get a first and second vaccine for children aged 6 months to 4 years old

Manx Care will invite eligible children for their vaccinations and arrange their appointments. If your child is eligible because they are at increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, please wait to be contacted.

Additional vaccines for people with a severely weakened immune system

If you develop a new health condition or start treatment that severely weakens your immune system, you may need additional protection before autumn 2023.

How to get an additional vaccine

Your specialist will assess whether you need an additional vaccine. They will make a referral and advise on the best timing for vaccination around your planned treatment. Speak to your specialist for more information.

  • Age 6 months to four years
  • Age five to 11 years
  • Age 12 to 15 years
  • Aged 16 and over

Seasonal COVID-19 vaccine

You may be able to get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine in autumn 2023 if you’re at increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. For example, this may be due to a health condition or your age.

How to get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine

Manx Care will contact you if your health record suggests you may be eligible.

When available, there may be different ways you can get a COVID-19 seasonal vaccine:

  • booking online
  • going to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site or the Chester Street Vaccination Hub in Douglas
  • through your care home
  • call the Vaccination team on 111
  • email the Vaccination Team:

View the latest walk-in schedule for the seasonal COVID-19 vaccine.

You can opt in or opt out of the vaccination programme.