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Vaccination schedule & priority groups

The Isle of Man is following the guidance set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent advisory body to the UK government. 

The JCVI has identified priority groups primarily based on age.  This is because evidence data shows that the risk of mortality increases with age. By immunising older age groups first, we protect the most vulnerable people in society from the risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. 

This will have a direct impact on the number of people in our community who need an acute hospital bed. By reducing demand on the hospital we will help protect our health system from being overwhelmed and ensure services are available for those who need them, when they need them.

For further advice see:
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)

The Isle of Man DHSC is working through the first phase priority groups.  If you are not in any of these  groups, it's important that you don't contact the COVID 111 service, or other health services to ask about receiving this vaccination before it’s your turn. The reason for this is not to overload the health and social care services with enquiries for those that need to use them.

Proposed Schedule

4 January 

    First individual vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine & Newlands/Ward 20 vaccination hub operational

6 January 

    More than 1,000 people vaccinated

11 January 

    Dispatch begins of 4,000+ letters to over-80's inviting them to register for their first jab.

    Registration begins for over-80's and appointments being booked


13 January 

    More than 2,000 people vaccinated


18 January 

    First care home resident vaccinated and first Oxford vaccine administered.

    Two vaccines now in continuous use - Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca


21 January 

    Airport hub is completed and handed over to DHSC


25 January 

    Vaccination rollout to nursing home residents Island wide. First individual vaccinated with second dose


28 January 

    Airport hub open for vaccinations


15 February 

    Douglas, Chester Street community vaccination hub opening


End of February 

    Those in top two priority groups received first vaccination

    Vaccinations rolled out to Island’s vital air and sea transport providers to safeguard our critical transport links

Early March

    Decision made to move AstraZeneca dose intervals from 4 weeks to 8-10 weeks

Late March

    Vaccination rollout to those with a learning disability or those who are learning disability services users


    Residents in the phase 1 priority group will have been vaccinated by the end of May (approximated 42,000)


By September 

    Residents in the phase 2 priority group will have been vaccinated by the end of September (approximated 30,000) 


For more information, see our frequently asked questions