The first phase of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has started. When it is the right time you will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be a letter, either from your GP or the national NHS. Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you are contacted. . Information on the vaccine is available on the link below.
We understand that people who have had the first dose of the vaccine are keen to get their second dose as soon as possible, so you can get maximum protection from the virus.
For patients who have already had their first dose of the vaccine will be aware that their appointment for the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine has been cancelled. We would like to reassure you that you will be given the second dose of the vaccine around 12 weeks after your first dose.
At the end of December 2020, new guidance was issued from the Government chief medical advisors which meant that the amount of time between the first dose and the second dose was increased from three weeks to 12 weeks. This is guidance which all services delivering vaccinations now have to follow which is why your appointment for the second dose of the coronavirus vaccination had to cancelled.
The new national guidance was introduced to be able to prioritise a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine for as many people as possible, which will save more lives.
Even with just one dose of the vaccine, people are given a significant level of protection against coronavirus. Every time we vaccinate someone for their second dose, it means that we are not offering the vaccination to someone else for the first time. By offering more people the first dose of the vaccine we are able to greatly reduce the chances of the most vulnerable people getting severely ill from coronavirus.
We hope that helps to explain why your second dose of the vaccine has been postponed. We will be in touch to book your second dose appointment soon and thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been estimated to offer 89% effectiveness from two weeks after it is given