16th September 2021, 20:24
Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are to be offered to and scheduled for those aged 50 and over, once these are delivered from the UK.
The Ministry of Health says the UK has confirmed that all necessary supplies will be made available to allow the booster programme to be completed.
The Minister for Health, Samantha Sacramento, says the decision to offer booster doses follows the recommendation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, with Acting Medical Director, Dr Krishna Rawal, and Director of Public Health, Dr Helen Carter, advising that it is safe and and appropriate.
The boosters will be offered to those aged over 50; all frontline health and care staff; anyone over the age of 12 with an underlying serious medical condition; and those who live with the immunosuppressed.
Dr Carter said the vaccination programme is helping to save lives and greatly reduce the hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19, and are a key step in allowing many aspects of normal life to return. She added that booster doses will help ensure the older and more vulnerable continue to benefit from maximum protection as we head into winter.