Jersey in fifth wave of Covid infections as case numbers rise

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There are just over 1,500 known active infections. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's new Health Minister says the island is now in a fifth wave of Covid infections.

There are just over 1,500 known active infections and Deputy Karen Wilson is encouraging everyone to take sensible steps this summer to curb the spread.

She explained: “It is in this period of high infection rates that I would like to encourage islanders to continue to follow the current guidance, which includes wearing masks in recommended settings.

“If islanders work together and follow the current guidance issued by Public Health, we will be able to move through the wave more quickly and ensure that we can enjoy a safe summer.”

In response to the spike in cases Jersey's vaccine booster programme has been extended until the end of July.

Last week the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for the UK announced they will be continuing a further booster vaccination programme into the Autumn, to protect those who are vulnerable as we enter the 'pandemic recovery' period.

Deputy Wilson said: "We welcome the advice from the JCVI on the Covid-19 booster programme for autumn to protect those who are most at risk of exposure from COVID-19.

"Jersey will continue to follow the advice of the JCVI with our autumn booster rollout.

"Our vaccination team have been working hard on preparations to ensure we’re able to rollout the programme promptly.”

Information on Jersey's updated booster programme will be made available soon.

People aged 75 and over and those who are 12 and older with a weakened immune system are being invited to book their booster dose through the government's website or by calling 0800 735 5566.

Islanders are also being asked to follow these five key actions:

  • Book a PCR test if you feel unwell or have symptoms.

  • Take a lateral flow test twice a week.

  • Wear a mask indoors in crowded places or when visiting vulnerable people.

  • Open windows to increase ventilation.

  • Keep up-to-date with vaccinations.