*** SECOND COVID VACCINATIONS ***
Second Dose Intervals
We are aware that there has been some confusing messaging in the media around the second dosing interval.
All second doses should be given at least 8 weeks apart unless there is a clinical reason for it to be given any earlier. i.e. prior to immunisation treatment or transplant.
The national position remains the same. It is based on JCVI guidance as described in the Green Book. As below
Dosing and schedule
All COVID-19 vaccines
For both adenovirus vector and mRNA vaccines, there is evidence of better immune response and/or protection where longer intervals between doses are used.
Currently, JCVI is recommending an interval of 8 to 12 weeks between doses of all the available COVID-19 vaccines. Operationally, this consistent interval should be used for all two dose vaccines to avoid confusion and simplify booking, and will help to ensure a good balance between achieving rapid and long-lasting protection.
The main exception to the eight week lower interval would be those about to commence immunosuppressive treatment. In these individuals, the minimal intervals outlined below may be followed to ensure that the vaccine is given whilst their immune system is better able to respond.
Please don’t ask the staff to book you in early; they are unable to do so without a clinical decision being made first