The Government’s Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have announced that people over the age of 12 with severely weakened immune systems should have a third vaccine dose to top up protection against Covid-19.
The advice means the most vulnerable - less than 1% of the population - will be offered a third dose, rather than all those on the original list of clinically extremely vulnerable people.
It follows research showing about 40% of people with weakened immune systems had a low antibody response, and potentially less protection, after two vaccine doses. People with severe immunosuppression are also more likely to become seriously ill if they catch Covid-19.
About 400,000 to 500,000 in the UK are eligible and include people with blood cancer, advanced HIV and recent organ or stem-cell transplants.
We do not have any more information about these plans but we will contact eligible patients as soon as we are able to. Therefore please don't call the surgery about this as the lines are already extremely busy.
This is not part of the much talked about Autumn booster programme for other age groups/cohorts. This is still being considered by the government.