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How to get a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

The offer of first and second primary doses will end at the same time as the Spring booster on 30 June 2023. If you think you may be immunocompromised please see the guidance.

Everyone aged 5 (on or before 31 August 2022) and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Children who turned 5 on or after 1 September 2022 can only get a 1st and 2nd dose of a Covid-19 vaccine if they’re either:

  • at high risk due to a health condition or because of a weakened immune system
  • living with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose yet, you're still eligible. Please contact 111 or email Vaccinations@gov.im for further information

How long to wait between your 1st and 2nd dose

Once you've had your 1st dose you need to wait several weeks before getting your 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

You need to wait:

  • 8 weeks (56 days) if you're aged 18 or over
  • 12 weeks (84 days) if you or your child are aged 5 to 17
  • 8 weeks (56 days) if you or your child are aged 5 to 17 and at high risk from Covid-19

What to do if you have symptoms of, or have tested positive for Covid-19 when you are due your next vaccination.

If you or your child have Covid-19, or symptoms of Covid-19 but have not had a test, you should wait until your symptoms are better before you get the vaccine.

You should ideally wait:

  • 4 weeks (28 days) if you're aged 18 or over
  • 12 weeks (84 days) if you or your child are aged 5 to 17
  • 4 weeks (28 days) if you or your child are aged 5 to 17 and at high risk from Covid-19, or live with someone who has a weakened immune system

This starts from the date your symptoms started or from the date of a positive test, whichever was earlier.