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Your second Covid19 jab is important. Why?

The British Society for Immunology aim is to provide reliable, evidence-based information on COVID-19 vaccines and immunity to everyone who needs or wants it.

You can find out more information at this link: https://www.immunology.org/public-information/guide-vaccinations-for-covid-19 or download a guide here:  BSI_guidetovaccinationsforCOVID19

Why it is important to have two doses of the Covid19 vaccine? After infection or vaccination, our immune system starts to form a memory of how to fight a germ and protect us against future disease. But why do we need more than one dose of a vaccine, and why is a gap between doses important?

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A few weeks ago, the Government and the JCVI that second dose appointments will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for those aged 50 and over who have yet to received theirs.

Nobody needs to contact the NHS.

People who should have their second dose brought forward do not need to contact the NHS. The NHS will let you know if your second vaccine needs to be rebooked.

NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: “Six months into the NHS COVID vaccination programme bookings are still surging, with more than 600,000 jabs booked in just 48 hours.

“The success of the programme, the biggest in NHS history and one of the fastest and most precise in the world, is no accident but the result of extensive planning and the sheer hard work of nurses, doctors and countless other staff supported by our brilliant volunteers.

“On the advice of the Government and JCVI people aged 50 and over and the clinically vulnerable are having their second doses brought forward to counter the spread of the Indian variant.

 “People should continue to attend their second dose appointments and nobody needs to contact the NHS – we will let those who should bring their appointment forward know, when they are able to do so.

 “Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against COVID-19, so when you’re called forward, book your appointment and join the tens of millions who have already been jabbed.”

Watch/listen to this YouTube Video telling you why you need more than one vaccine  https://youtu.be/TEfGr3Ry6f0

 We thank both the British Society for Immunology and NHS England for this information.

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