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Fourth vaccine shot approved for most vulnerable, officials say

The go-ahead for people to get a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine was given last night.

The fourth dose booster shot is to be targeted at the vulnerable, including people aged over 65, rest home residents and anyone with suppressed immune systems.

Anyone who had a third dose more than five months ago can qualify for the extra dose.

The jab will be available by appointment at Pier 6 in Hamilton tomorrow and Friday and will open up to then walk-ins next week.

Officials said the Department of Health would work with care homes to ensure the fourth dose booster was available in the sector.

Ayo Oyinloye, the Chief Medical Officer, said he recommended a fourth shot for older people and for those at higher risk.

He said: “Data from around the world has shown that a fourth dose booster is safe and, for our vulnerable population, an additional Covid vaccine dose may help boost antibody levels and protect against severe illness.

“This is particularly important as other public health measures are being relaxed.”

Dr Oyinloye told the public: “If you have questions about the vaccine or have not been vaccinated, speak to your doctor.”

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, added: “We are in the last week of our free mass vaccination programme and I am pleased that the fourth dose booster is available to those who need it.

I strongly urge everyone eligible for the fourth dose booster to please get it as soon as possible.“

To book an appointment for the fourth shot, visit www.gov.bm and select “Book a Booster Vaccine Appointment.”

People can also phone vaccination hotline at 444-2498 (option #2) or e-mail vaccine@gov.bm.

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Published March 24, 2022 at 7:51 am (Updated March 24, 2022 at 7:51 am)

Fourth vaccine shot approved for most vulnerable, officials say

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