Jersey medical chief says book boosters before Omicron variant arrives

Dr Ivan Muscat
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Jersey's Deputy Medical Officer of Health is urging islanders to book their booster coronavirus jabs to "protect against a new wave of illness".

The statement comes as the Omicron variant has recently been detected in Guernsey, but is expected to arrive in Jersey "soon".

Everyone over the age of 18 in England will now be offered a booster dose by the end of this year, which has been welcomed by medical professionals in the island.

Dr Muscat says vaccination will play an important part in Jersey's reaction to Omicron detection within the community.

Current estimates show that by receiving a booster jab, it will increase vaccine efficiency against infection from Omicron by 70 - 75 per cent.

Estimates also suggest that a full two-dose vaccination is less effective against symptomatic cases of Omicron, compared to the original strain of COVID-19 or the Delta variant.

Islanders over the age of 40 who are unvaccinated are at the highest risk of hospitalisation. But those under 40 who are unvaccinated or not boosted are still very much at risk of illness, spreading the virus in the community, and suffering from complications of Long Covid.

People over the age of 30 in Jersey are now eligible to book their Covid booster jabs.