Second Dose: Frequently Asked Questions

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that as many people on the JCVI priority list as possible should sequentially be offered a first vaccine dose as the initial priority.

Therefore, guidence has been given to prioritise the first doses of vaccine for as many people as possible on the priority list in order to protect the greatest number of at risk people in the shortest possible time and have the greatest impact on reducing mortality, severe disease and hospitalisations and in protecting the NHS and equivalent health services. 

The JCVI has advised that the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be given between 3 to 12 weeks following the first dose, and that the second dose of the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine may be given between 4 to 12 weeks following the first dose.

This will mean that second doses of both vaccines will be administered towards the end of the recommended vaccine dosing schedule of 12 weeks. This will maximise the number of people getting vaccine and therefore receiving protection in the next 12 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What vaccine will I be receiving?

Currently at UHCW we are administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Can I bring my second dose appointment forward?

No, any appointments that are brought forward to fewer than 11 weeks from your first dose appointment will be rescheduled.

Can I move my second dose appointment?

If you did not have your vaccine with us, please contact the appropriate GP practice, community hub or hospital directly, who will be able to advise you or your options.

If you have your first dose vaccination at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, you can move your appointment to a more suitable date or time for you via www.swiftqueue.co.uk. If your appointment is not showing on SwiftQueue please email vaccine@uhcw.nhs.uk.  

What if the new date and time of my re-arranged appointment is not suitable for me?

You can re-arrange your appointment via www.swiftqueue.co.uk 

Why has my second dose appointment been re-arranged?

Your appointment has been re-arranged in order to ensure that the first doses of vaccine can be given to as many people as possible on the priority list in order to protect the greatest number of at risk people in the shortest possible time. For more information please click here.

Is it safe for me to have the second dose at 12 weeks after my first dose rather than three?

Yes, The JCVI has advised that the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be given effectively between 3 to 12 weeks following the first dose. For more information please click here.

 

Please avoid calling the hospital for any non-urgent appointment queries at the current time.