A COVID booster programme will be rolled out on the Isle of Wight in the next few months, which will see everyone over 70 offered a third jab.
The third jab will be given to those in the top 4 priority cohorts, who were vaccinated first during the initial COVID vaccine rollout. As well as those over the age of 70, it includes those in care homes for older adults as well as their carers, the clinically extremely vulnerable and frontline health & social care workers.
Starting in September, people will receive another dose of the vaccine they had before — either the Pfizer BioNtech or Oxford Astra Zeneca.
It is possible flu vaccinations will be given at the same time, as part of the annual winter programme, although NHS England and NHS Improvement has not yet confirmed this.
Speaking at the Isle of Wight Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board on Thursday, Dr Michele Legg, the NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Groups’ clinical director for the Island, said further guidance would be given over the summer but they were engaging with colleagues in primary care and pharmacies.
Latest figures show 104,986 Islanders have had their first dose of the COVID vaccine — 71.2% of the Island’s population or 88.9 % of the 18+ adult population.
More than 90,400 people have had both doses, 61.3% of the population or 76.7% of those aged over 18.