Third primary dose COVID-19 vaccinations

 

PLEASE NOTE: if you have been sent a letter about a third primary dose and you are immunosuppressed, please click here for a number of dedicated walk-in clinics; please remember to take your letter from NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG with you.

Individuals who are severely immunosuppressed are eligible to get an additional third dose of vaccine as part of their primary course of immunisation.

This offer is separate to the booster programme. More information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-issues-advice-on-third-dose-vaccination-for-severely-immunosuppressed

Letters have been sent to individuals from the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney providing a walk-in option for their third primary dose. Instead of waiting for GP practices to invite these individuals forward, you can visit a walk-in centre.

If you have received a letter from the NHS saying you need a ‘third primary dose’, you can go to one of the following walk-in clinics. You should wait eight weeks after your second dose: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/Primary3. Please take your letter with you when you attend a walk-in clinic.

If you have been contacted by the NHS and you are eligible for third primary dose, it is really important that you take up this offer of a third dose. As long as you had your second dose of your COVID-19 vaccination more than eight weeks ago, you can get your third primary dose.

This is separate to the COVID-19 Booster vaccine offer – those eligible for a COVID-19 Booster have to wait six months, or 182 days since their second dose.

Due to the fact that individuals who are eligible for a third primary dose are severely immunosuppressed, this is why they can get their third dose quicker.

However, it is important to note that if you have had a COVID-19 Booster vaccine recently (Pfizer or AstraZeneca), you will not need a third primary dose at this time.

The booster (third) covid vaccine and can be given alongside the flu vaccination BUT you may not get your booster and flu jab at the same appointment. You may have to attend two different appointments for these vaccinations. The flu vaccination programme protects people from serious complications from getting flu, so we would also encourage people that are eligible for a COVID-19 booster to also have their flu vaccination. More information on the flu vaccination is at www.nhs.uk/flujab

 

Housebound vaccinations and home visits

GP practices across Norfolk and Waveney are under immense pressure to deliver primary care services and GP appointments alongside the roll out of the seasonal flu programme and third primary doses.

Local health teams will provide home visits for those patients who have no other alternative due to immobility or very serious ongoing health conditions. But we are asking all other patients to attend their surgery, vaccination site or 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. See details below.

 

Booking a third primary dose vaccination

Eligible patients should have been sent a letter from the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney.  Individuals in this group are being contacted and invited for their third primary dose.

 

Information and support for housebound patients who may be able to travel to a vaccination site for their third primary dose

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:

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus/vaccinations/getting-to-your-vaccination

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
  • Emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Completing the online form here: https://www.caringtogether.org/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-carers-to-attend-covid-19-vaccinations

 

Common questions

I am severely immunosuppressed. When will I get my third primary dose?

Those who are severely immunosuppressed get an additional third dose of vaccine as part of their primary course of immunisation. More information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-issues-advice-on-third-dose-vaccination-for-severely-immunosuppressed

Letters have been sent to individuals from the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney providing a walk-in option for their third primary dose. Instead of waiting for GP practices to invite these individuals forward, you can visit a walk-in centre.

If you have received a letter from the NHS saying you need a ‘third primary dose’, you can go to one of the following walk-in clinics. You should wait eight weeks after your second dose: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/Primary3. Please take your letter with you when you attend a walk-in clinic.

Is there anyone that shouldn’t have a third primary dose?

There are very few people in the eligible groups who should not have a third primary dose.  If you have had a severe reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine you should discuss this with your doctor.

Can I have the third primary dose if I haven’t completed the first vaccination course?

No, you need to finish the first course of your vaccination.

Can I get the flu and third primary dose at the same time?

The third primary dose and the flu vaccine can be given on the same day and for people that are eligible for both, there may be opportunities to have both together. We would encourage you to get your vaccinations as soon as possible and get fully protected rather than waiting as it may not always be possible to get them together.

I haven’t yet had the COVID-19 vaccination, can I still get my first jabs?

Everyone that is eligible that hasn’t already had their first or second COVID-19 vaccination can still get vaccinated.

Everyone aged 18 and over can book their initial COVID-19 vaccinations through the NHS booking service (call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week). 

Anyone aged 16 and over can attend a walk in clinic that is offering the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine - see the full list of available clinics here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics

Can I get the third primary dose if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant and in one of the groups that the JCVI has recommended for the boosters, you are eligible to receive a booster, no earlier than six months after completion of the first course of vaccination. The NHS will contact you when it is your turn.

 

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