Due to new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers, vaccine providers are being asked to prioritise first dose vaccination jabs over second doses.
The new guidance will help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. This means that GP practices across Sunderland are reorganising their vaccination schedules. We will be contacting patients who have appointments for second vaccines directly to re-schedule these in the coming days.
We will need to reschedule thousands of patient appointments.
If your appointment is going to change we will contact you directly very soon. If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned.
This is because we may not have had time to reschedule all patient appointments yet.
For health or social care workers your second appointment will be rescheduled so please do not attend and we will be in touch with you soon to arrange this.
The new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.
A statement from the UK’s Cheif Medical Officer can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-the-prioritisation-of-first-doses-of-covid-19-vaccines
The latest covid vaccine statistics are regulary updated by NHS England and can be found here
The national NHS Immunisation Management Service have started to call people that have received letters to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through 119 or www.nhs.uk, where they haven’t already booked an appointment. The number that people will see when receiving the call is 0300 561 0240.
You do not need to call your GP. We will call you to reschedule your second vaccine appointment.