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
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.
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: www.gov.uk/jcvi-statement-september-2021-covid-19-booster-vaccine-programme-for-winter-2021-to-2022/jcvi-statement-regarding-a-covid-19-booster-vaccine-programme-for-winter-2021-to-2022
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.