Covid jab - Eligible cohorts – summary attached (vaccine dosing schedules)
We are now working within the updated JCVI and Greenbook guidance which includes the following updates to cohorts:
- Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a booster, 3 months after their second dose
- Patients who are severely immunosuppressed and who received a 3rd primary dose, are now eligible for a booster, 3 months after their 3rd primary dose – these patients are starting to become eligible now and so you will likely see in increase in this cohort at sites. Patients in this cohort should have a letter from their GP/Consultant that advised them of the need to get a 3rd primary dose, however eligibility for both a 3rd primary dose and subsequent booster can also be determined via assessment with a clinician on site. In pinnacle, these doses need to be recorded as a booster and it will appear as though the patient has had two boosters (3 months apart).
- Healthy 12-15 year olds are eligible for a 2nd dose, 12 weeks after 1st (paeds pod or suitable trained clinician at site if walk in). To increase footfall at clinics next week, we are opening up Newcastle Racecourse to appointments and walk ins for eligible children aged 12-15 – on these days, paeds trained staff will be moved to work from the same pod where possible.
The JCVI have also recently approved covid vaccines for at risk children aged 5-11 (2 doses), as well as boosters for some 12-15 year olds. This guidance is not yet operational and is expected to go live in January 2022.
Registering contact preferences for COVID-19 vaccinations
A new service has gone live to allow members of the public to register that they do not wish receive national invitations or reminders for COVID-19 vaccination via the National Booking Service. Preferences can be changed at any time.
Patients can register their preferences via the National Booking Service and selecting the option ‘Choose your COVID-19 vaccination invitation preference’. Alternatively, people can call 119 to register their preferences. Using this service will only update patients’ national NHS records.
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