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Immunosuppressed patients third Covid vaccination

Third Doses

If you fall into this category of immunosuppressed patients you will hear from your GP when it is time to have the third vaccination. Please be patient and wait to hear from your surgery. And please try and refrain from ringing them as staff are already handling a huge number of calls.

Our local GPs and hospital consultants are currently discussing the best ways of identifying immunosuppressed patients, who will be assessed on an individual basis. A clinical recommendation will then be made as to the best way of administering the third jab. Patients will be notified by their GP about where they should go for their third jab. It could be the surgery or an appropriate site that’s authorised to vaccinate and record this group of patients.

 

Fourth Doses

Aged 16+

On Monday 31 January, the National Booking System was updated to enable the booking of boosters (fourth dose) for severely immunosuppressed people aged 16 or over.

Severely immunosuppressed individuals will be required to provide at their appointment a referral letter from their GP or specialist confirming their eligibility and the optimal timing of their booster as per JCVI advice. Those aged 16 and 17 years old will be directed by the NBS to sites that have been approved and assured to vaccinate this cohort as outlined in checklist A.

 

Aged 12+

National invitation letters and emails have been sent out to severely immunosuppressed people (or their responsible adults) aged 12 years and above who according to our records may be eligible for a booster (their fourth) dose. This national call/recall activity is in addition to the request to GPs and hospital specialists to identify and invite people for their booster (fourth) dose.

We advise all people who may be eligible either due to their condition or treatment, and have not been contacted before by their GP or hospital specialist to get in touch with their responsible clinician.