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Questions about second doses


Why do I need the second dose? 

The first dose of the vaccine offers good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection everyone must get a second dose, so we are urging all people to come back when they are contacted or if they have an appointment booked. 


Does being fully vaccinated change the rules/restrictions?

Yes. Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID with symptoms. Vaccinated people are also more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.

This is why from 16 August, people who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.


How soon after my first vaccination, will I get my second dose?

In line with the latest JCVI and government guidance, the NHS is now contacting people im cohorts 1-9 to offer an earlier appointment for second doses.

People in these groups will now be able to have their second dose between 8 and 12 weeks, instead of the 11 to 12 weeks as specified in previous guidance. 

For everyone else, the guidance continues to be that a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine should be given between 77 and 84 days (11 to 12 weeks) after the first under the NHS.

This applies to both the vaccines currently being used (AstraZeneca and Pfizer).


What should I do if I already have a second dose booked for 12 weeks, but am now eligible to get it at 8 weeks?

You don't need to do anything. The NHS is working really hard to accelerate second doses to 8 weeks, or as soon as possible after that date.

The National Booking Service is now contacting everyone who booked through ( or 119) to re-book an earlier appointment.

If an individual booked and received their first dose of the vaccine through a local GP-led service, that team will also be in contact with details about booking a second dose soon.


How do I get my appointment for a second dose?

If you booked your first appointment through the national NHS Booking System on and/or received your first dose at the regional vaccination centre or at a local pharmacy or hospital, you should have been invited to make a second appointment when you booked the first. If you didn't for any reason, you can go online and book your second dose now.

If you received your first dose of the vaccine through a local GP-led site in Liverpool, you’ll be contacted around a week and a half before your second dose is due and asked to make an appointment.

This process is in place to make sure that the appointments offered to patients at GP-led sites match up with vaccine availability. If you haven’t been contacted a week before your second dose should take place (i.e. 11 weeks after your first dose) you should contact your GP practice for help.


If I am invited to a different vaccine site location for my second dose, will the staff there know which vaccine I’ve already had? 

Yes. All vaccination sites have access to the same patient record system and you will be given a second dose of the same vaccine you received for your first.


What happens if I am out of the area/country when my second dose is due?

If you are aware that you will be away and unable to access your second appointment, please see if you can book an earlier appointment via the National Booking System or at a drop in clinic.