A major expansion in the Island’s rollout of booster jabs is underway. From this Saturday (18 Dec) top-up jabs will be available to all adults aged 40 and over and those in at-risk groups.
Walk-in clinics have been organised at the Chester Street vaccination hub, where an additional 3,000 slots are being made available between Saturday and Christmas Eve, in an effort to get as many booster vaccines into arms as possible. The extra slots are in addition to existing appointments – those which have been booked by people online, and those sent out by letter.
The walk-in slots are available to anyone aged 40 and over and those who are medically vulnerable regardless of whether they already have an appointment – which means people can get vaccinated sooner than was previously planned by attending a walk-in session. There is no need to cancel a booked appointment – that will be handled by the admin team at the walk-ins. Those who wish to retain their pre-booked appointments can do so, and attend as invited.
The walk-in clinic times are:
Saturday 18 December – 9.30am – 1pm
Monday 20 December – 8:30am – 15:45pm
Tuesday 21 December – 8:30am – 15:45pm
Wednesday 22 December – 8:45am – 15:15pm
Thursday 23 December – 8:45am – 11:15am
Friday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – 8:45am – 11:15am
These clinics are only available for the 40+ and at-risk groups, and people not yet eligible are asked not to attend. More information on boosters for the remaining population will be arranged and sessions publicised at the earliest date.
Minister for Health and Social Care Lawrie Hooper said: ‘We are upscaling the booster vaccination rollout at pace, to get ahead of an expected surge in Omicron cases and avoid the extra demand this will place on our health and other essential services.
‘I thank all the staff who have volunteered to work extra hours to get jabs into arms, and many others across government who have volunteered to help in a range of admin roles, as without them the programme cannot proceed. It is a busy time of year for everyone, and the efforts of all involved in helping us increase capacity so swiftly in the run-up Christmas are much appreciated.
‘I urge everyone eligible for a booster to come forward and have it. If people take up the offer, we could vaccinate everyone from the age of 40 upwards before Christmas.’