Why it’s important to have two doses of the Covid vaccine
The Covid vaccine is given in two parts. You will have the second dose eight to twelve weeks after having the first dose. You will have two doses of the same vaccine.
You need to have both doses of the vaccine to give you the best protection, so please make sure you keep the appointment to get your second dose.
The process for booking your second dose varies depending on how you booked your first dose:
My first dose was arranged by my GP practice but I haven’t had an appointment for my second. What should I do?
Your second dose appointment will be given between 8 and 12 weeks after your first dose (8 weeks if you are aged over 50 or you are classed as being at higher risk from Covid). If you haven’t been contacted by your practice by your due date, please get in touch with them to find out when your second vaccine will take place.
Can I have a different vaccine for my second dose?
The current advice from the Joint Committee of Vaccinations and Immunisations is for both doses to be given of the same vaccine. You will therefore not able to have a second dose of a different vaccine.
I am unwell. Should I still have my second dose?
If you are unwell, it is better to wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine. You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are self-isolating, waiting for a COVID-19 test or within 4 weeks of having a positive COVID-19 test. If you are unable to attend please rearrange your appointment.
I experienced side effects after my first dose. I am worried about having my second dose now.
For most people, the side effects from the vaccine are very mild. Even if you had side effects for the first vaccine, this does not necessarily mean you will experience the same side effects for the second dose. Any side effects you do have will be significantly less than the symptoms you could experience if you caught Covid-19.
I missed my second dose. Do I need to start again?
If the course is interrupted or delayed, it should be resumed using the same vaccine. The first dose does not need to be repeated.
I had my first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine. I am worried about having my second dose due to reports of blood clots
Adverse events following the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are extremely rare. The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations advises that everybody who has already had a first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same jab, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts from their first vaccination. This applies to people of all ages, even if you are below 40 years of age.