COVID BOOSTER INFORMATION
Top up vaccinations for severely immunosuppressed patients.
The JCVI advise that this third ‘top-up’ dose is to support patients with severe immunosuppression who may not have generated a full immune response to the first two doses.
A third dose of the vaccine has been made available to you as recommended in guidance by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI).
If you are severely immunosuppressed due to treatment for conditions such as cancer or have a long-term condition where your immunity is affected by medication (as defined within JCVI guidance), you are offered a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the primary course of the vaccination.
Your consultant may contact you directly or you may be contacted by the central booking system to invite you for this vaccination. The third dose is not the booster vaccine – the third dose is part of the primary course of immunisation..
Available from 13th September at any covid vaccination site when the patient attends with their consultant letter confirming this requirement and suitability
You will need to take your consultant letter along with you to this appointment.
Booster COVID-19 Vaccinations for over 50yrs and clinically Vulnerable
JCVI advises that for the 2021 COVID-19 booster vaccine programme individuals who received vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1 to 9) should be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine.
• Those living in residential care homes for older adults
• All adults aged 50 years or over
• Frontline health and social care workers
• All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
• Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
It is expected that first national invitations will be sent and the National Booking System will be open for bookings on from 24 September.
You will be able to book your booster vaccination no earlier than 28 weeks from your second vaccination.
COVID Vaccinations for children aged 12 – 15yrs
The UK’s chief medical officers are recommending vaccines for 12- to 15-year-olds on public health grounds because it is likely vaccination will help reduce transmission of Covid-19 in schools. Children in this age group with Coeliac Disease will require two doses, where most children will only have one dose.
These are to be offered through school settings.