People living in Dorset are being reminded of the importance of getting their second vaccination dose of the COVID-19 vaccination when they are invited.

Both vaccinations currently being used in Dorset require people to have two doses.

Whilst a first dose offers good protection from COVID-19 having the second dose improves your immune response and gives you longer lasting protection, it is the best way of reducing your risk of becoming ill from the virus.

How you book your second dose may depend on your age:

  • In line with JCVI and government guidance, the NHS is now contacting people in cohorts 1 – 9 to book an earlier appointment for their second dose of the vaccine, meaning they will be able to have their second dose between 8 and 12 weeks instead of the 11 to 12 weeks specified in previous guidance
  • Anyone who is eligible for a vaccination can now directly book their first and second appointments through the national booking system (NBS)
  • People who have not used the NBS but have received their first dose will be contacted with details of their second booking

Once a second dose is booked it can be managed via the NBS if any changes need to be made.

For more information and details of how to manage your second booking visit www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination or call 119.