News Update: Covid Boosters

12-15 year olds

Please note: In accordance with NHSE operating model, Surrey Heartlands 12-15 plan will be delivered by the SAIS team in a school based setting which means the SAIS will take delivery of the vaccine, travel out and administer the vaccination. GPHP will not be vaccinating this cohort.

16/17 year olds

16/17 year olds should only be in receipt of one dose in line with dosage set out in the Greenbook

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Those in recognised risk groups should receive their second dose at an interval of at least eight weeks. A decision on when to offer the second dose to healthy young people is pending further evidence on the safety of a second dose in this age group.

Immunosuppressed patients/stem cell transplant patients

GPHP are able to administer a 3rd primary dose to immuno-suppressed patients but only if they are 8 weeks post their second dose.

Booster Cohorts

JCVI advises that for the 2021 COVID-19 booster vaccine programme individuals who received vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1 to 9) should be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine. This includes:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
  • adult household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals

Link to full recommendation here:

Care Homes

Since COVID boosters cannot be given until 28 weeks after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, we will be reviewing when we visited care homes and aligning our visits with these dates. Flu jabs should not be delayed so it is unlikely that co-administration of flu and the COVID-19 booster in many of our care homes will be feasible.