Covid19 Vaccinations

Have you booked your Covid vaccination?

If you have not had yet had your Covid vaccination, we would encourage you to book this now, either by visiting grabajab.net or speaking to reception.

 

Third dose vaccination for severely immunosuppressed aged 12+

The JCVI has advised that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. This is separate to any potential COVID-19 booster vaccination. There are national recommendations as to who is considered eligible for the third vaccine and General Practices are working with Hospital Specialists locally to identify those who should receive this. There is no need contact the NHS. If you or your child is eligible for vaccination, we will contact you.

For more information see JCVI issues advice on third dose vaccination for severely immunosuppressed - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Your vaccination status and passport

A new service allowing you to share their COVID-19 status is available via the NHS App and the NHS website.

Those in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently two doses of any approved vaccine, will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel using this service.

Anyone without a smartphone who needs to prove their Covid-19 status, can request a letter through the NHS website or ring 119.

View how to access your COVID-19 status when travelling and how the NHS App protects their data here.

In the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in queries from our patients regarding vaccine passports, which we are unable to help with. Please do not contact us about this.

If you have been vaccinated in England, Wales or Scotland, your vaccine passport is available via the NHS COVID pass. We understand there is a national issue with some vaccinations not showing up in the app. There is a solution being put in place to resolve this - from next week (2 August), please call 119 if you are affected and they will be able to help you.

If you were vaccinated outside of England, Wales or Scotland, there is currently no way to access a vaccine passport via the NHS COVID pass. The government have not yet published any details about when this will be possible. Please do not call us about this as we will be unable to help.

Second dose intervals

  • This site follows the current national guidance on dosing intervals for second doses which states that second doses must be given at least eight weeks apart.
  • We are aware that there are mixed messages in the mainstream media about this which is causing some confusion for individuals, however having your second dose at least eight weeks after the first will give you the best possible protection from the delta variant.
  • The manufacturer recommended dose intervals were based on data at the time of the clinical trials; Public Health England and JCVI now have real world data from the billions of vaccinations given worldwide that show  a longer dosing interval between first and second doses offers individuals even more protection. This is especially important in the context of rising case rates and the delta variant.

 

  • Therefore, we won’t be giving you your second dose any earlier than 8 weeks unless there is a clinical reason to do so.

 

  • It is still really important for you to have a second dose so that you can get the best possible protection, so please come back at 8 weeks. You can book an appointment in advance through the National Booking System, or come to a walk-in session after 8 weeks if that is best for you.

Did you have your Covid vaccine overseas?

If you have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should have the same type of vaccine for your second dose. 

In the UK the following COVID-19 vaccines are currently available:

  • AstraZeneca 
  • Pfizer
  • Moderna 

If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, you should be offered the most similar alternative. A clinician at the vaccine clinics will be able to advise you on this. 

Further information for individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccination overseas can be found here.