When will I receive a second dose of the vaccine?
New guidance on when patients should receive their second dose was published on the 30 December. This means that patients who were booked an appointment to receive their second vaccination will have their appointments postponed so that services can give the first dose to more people. The new guidance from the JCVI on the period between doses also means that we will be able to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.
We are now starting to offer routine second doses which will be given within 12 weeks of the first dose in line with guidance. Patients who have received their first vaccine through a large vaccinate centre or pharmacy may already have a 12 week appointment for their second dose booked. Patients who were vaccinated through a GP will be invited approximately a week before their second dose is due. There is no need to contact your GP about your second dose appointment and doing so could prevent a patient getting through who needs urgent help.
To ensure patients receive the same vaccine, they are being encouraged to return to the same vaccination site for their second dose.
Please be assured that nobody will be left behind, all patients will be invited for their second dose and vaccinated within 12 weeks.
Patients still need to receive their second vaccine, and it is important that they attend their second appointment once scheduled.
There are no safety concerns in the new guidance where people have already had their second dose of the vaccine earlier than 12 weeks after their first dose.
Do I need two doses of the vaccine?
Two doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus, but significant protection is still provided at twenty-two days after the first dose. The new guidance will therefore help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.