The gov has cancelled the vaccine clinic that was due to be held this weekend for 12-17 year olds.
Instead, the clinic will be used to offer booster vaccines to eligible adults in an attempt to increase the number of individuals protected against the virus.
This follows the UK gov’s announcement and subsequently the island’s message that providing a booster to all eligible adults is a matter of urgency.
Health Minister Lawrie Hooper said: ‘The vaccination team have reviewed the very low attendance at previous clinics for young people, including the most recent one last weekend, and the increased pressure to offer boosters as quickly as possible and made the decision to cancel the clinic for 12-17 year olds.
‘With new data suggesting that two doses of the vaccine does not provide the level of protection needed against this virus, it is clear that we need to do all that we can to get boosters into arms. By cancelling the clinic for 12-17s, it means that the team will be able to use these appointments and prioritise giving the booster to those who are in older age groups.’
The clinic on Saturday December 18 will be appointment based only, with those aged 40 and over encouraged to book an appointment online. The team will also look to invite those who have chosen the short notice option to attend this clinic. Please do not call 111 in an attempt to move your appointment forward.
A new clinic for teens will be organised in the new year.