Information on Second Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine from the NHS

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In response to the Indian variant of COVID-19 (also known as B.1.617), the NHS is bringing forward second dose appointments from 12 weeks for people in the most vulnerable groups – over 50s and people aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions.

You don’t need to do anything unless the NHS contacts you.

• If you had your first dose at a GP clinic, your GP will be in touch to rearrange your second appointment 
• If you booked your appointment on the National Booking System, and you receive a text message asking you to bring forward your second dose, please visit the National Booking System and click Manage My Appointments to amend your second appointment.  You can also call 119 to manage your booking.

Unless you are contacted, please continue to attend your existing second dose appointment – there is no need to contact the NHS. They will contact anyone who should bring their appointment forward. People under the age of 50 will continue to get their first dose, with their second dose at 12 weeks.

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