Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccinations in our Frequently Asked Questions below.
Even though you might not develop full immunity, you may continue to develop some cellular immunity, so even a limited response to a further dose should help to reduce your risk of being severely ill or admitted to hospital if you catch COVID-19. Repeated vaccinations will gradually improve and maintain your level of antibodies and enhance the other parts of your immune system that protect you from COVID-19 infection.
They are not required to bring evidence to their vaccination appointment, but it could help to bring a copy of the NHS invitation sent to the person they live with who has a weakened immune system.
In rare cases where individuals have severe allergic reactions to mRNA bivalent vaccines, local vaccination services will direct or refer you to specialist clinics where you may be offered Nuvaxovid as an alternative to mRNA vaccines. This will be in exceptional circumstances, where clinically appropriate.
Referrals to specialist clinics are unlikely to be necessary for those with mild or common allergies following vaccination, such as a rash, wheezing or hives, or for those who have previously tolerated an mRNA vaccine. Please be aware that upon further assessment at a specialist clinic, you may be advised that you can safely tolerate an mRNA vaccine. A referral to a specialist clinic does not guarantee that you will be offered Nuvaxovid.
The JCVI has published its advice on which vaccines should be used in this year’s autumn booster programme. Astra Zeneca is not being used from September 2022. Nuvaxovid is a non mRNA vaccine that has been approved for use as an alternative, where clinically appropriate.
Many people who were advised to have an AstraZeneca vaccine can safely receive mRNA vaccines and do not need Nuvaxovid. This is because advice to have an AstraZeneca vaccine, based on previous allergy history or symptoms after mRNA vaccination, has been reviewed. It is estimated that less than one percent (1%) of people will need a Nuvaxovid vaccine.
A patient is deemed to be housebound when they are unable to leave their home environment through physical and/or psychological illness. An individual will not be eligible for a home visit if they are able to leave their home environment on their own or with minimal assistance to visit public or social recreational public services (including shopping). Some patients may not be housebound permanently but rather are housebound temporarily as a consequence of an episode of illness.
If you think you’re eligible for a home vaccination, you should contact your GP practice for support in the first instance.
You will only be vaccinated at home if you have been considered housebound by your GP.
The Lincolnshire Transport Helpline provides information and advice on a wide range of transport options including community car schemes and CallConnect. The helpline can be contacted on 0345 456 4474 or by https://lincsbus.info/accessing-lincolnshire-transport/transport-helpline/. The helpline operates from 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am – 4pm on Saturday.
• 4 weeks (28 days) if you're aged 18 years old or over
• 12 weeks (84 days) if you’re aged 5 to 17 years
• 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old and at greater risk from COVID-19
This starts from the date your symptoms started or from the date of a positive test, whichever was earlier. If you had some symptoms but you are not sure if you had COVID-19, you should still book a for vaccination once your symptoms are better and you can discuss this with a healthcare professional when you attend.
Please note, if you’re also receiving the shingles vaccine, or if you’ve been referred to a specialist clinic for a Nuvaxovid vaccine, it will not be possible to get your seasonal vaccinations at the same time.
You can book an appointment for any dose you’re eligible for at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.
Other countries have their own COVID-19 rules, Before you travel you should check the ‘entry requirements’ section of foreign travel advice for all countries you will visit or travel through. Foreign travel advice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The covid vaccination is not currently licensed for use as a travel vaccination, therefore unless you meet the current eligibility criteria for the vaccination you will not be able to receive it. Information on other travel vaccinations can be found here Travel vaccinations - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
You can use the national online portal to choose if you want to receive letters, texts, emails, NHS App notifications, or calls from the NHS to book a vaccination. This can also be used to check your current invitation preference. Choose your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination invitation preference - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Yes, if you’ve had a stem cell transplant or CAR-T therapy, you should be offered COVID-19 re-vaccination. Following stem cell transplants or CAR-T therapy, any protective antibodies from exposure or vaccination prior to transplantation are likely to be lost and it’s unclear whether the recipient acquires the donor’s immunity. Therefore, any previous COVID-19 vaccination is to be discounted.