Immunocompromised and Housebound - COVID-19 vaccinations
Individuals who are severely immunosuppressed are now eligible for a booster (fourth dose of vaccine), 12 weeks after their third primary dose. Patients who are identified by the NHS as being immunocompromised – either by their GP or the consultant who oversees their care – will be contacted by telephone or letter to make arrangements for them to receive their booster.
A booster dose can be given no earlier than three months (91 days) after the third primary dose.
Patients are being contacted in order of when they received their third primary dose. If patients in this group are already 3 months+ since their third primary dose, they can choose to attend any vaccination centre with a letter confirming their status and get a booster vaccination without an appointment. A previous ‘3rd dose’ letter will be accepted as proof of status – so no need to wait for a new letter.
Housebound vaccinations and home visits
Local health teams are providing home visits for those patients who have no other alternative due to immobility or very serious ongoing health conditions. But we are asking all patients who are able to do so to attend their surgery, vaccination site or community pharmacy for flu or booster vaccinations rather than requesting a home visit.
If you require additional support to attend a vaccination site please ask a family member or friend to transport and accompany you to your booster or flu jab appointment.
If this support is unavailable to you there are a number of community transport options you can consider through the local authority and local voluntary sector.
Information and support for housebound patients who may be able to travel to a vaccination site for their COVID-19 booster
If you are able to attend a local vaccination centre, please book your vaccine through the NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or telephone 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
For patients who are unable to find support through family or friends, please see below options for community transport to your appointment:
Norfolk community transport information:
Support from Caring Together is available for carers and the people they look after to attend booster vaccination appointments. Norfolk patients can access this support by:
- Calling Caring Together on 0345 241 0954
- Completing the online form here: https://www.caringtogether.org/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-carers-to-attend-covid-19-vaccinations