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Covid: 16-17 year olds offered second vaccine

Move follows JCVI advice

Sixteen & 17-year-olds in the Isle of Man are being offered a second Covid-19 vaccine.

The JCVI says recent evidence shows the balance supports offering those in the age group, who are not classed as 'at-risk', a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 12 weeks after their first dose.

Government says a second jab will increase young people’s protection against the virus, reduce the risk of serious Covid-19 resulting in hospital treatment, and also help reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to vulnerable close contacts.

Health Minister Lawrie Hooper says: 'Cases have been circulating among older teens over the last few months.

'By offering a second dose to this age group, we will be increasing their protection against the virus. I encourage everyone to come forward for their vaccine when invited.'

Anyone in this age group who has had Covid-19 after having their first vaccine will only be allowed their second dose 12 weeks after the positive test or onset of symptoms.

It's said government's vaccination team is preparing the rollout and will be in touch with those in the age group shortly.

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