Covid Booster vaccines

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Booster programme

From 20 September onwards, the NHS in Leeds will be starting to deliver vaccine
boosters. This is to help top up the protection for those most at risk as we approach
the winter months. In line with the recommendations of the JCVI, these will be
offered to the following people who are at greatest risk:

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

If you are eligible for a booster, you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your
turn, either by your GP practice or the NHS National Booking Service. We will be
working through groups in the same order as the first part of the vaccination
programme, starting with care home residents and staff, frontline health and care
workers and people aged 80 and over. It will also need to be at least six months
since your second dose, so some people will not be contacted until the New Year.
Please do not contact the practice for an appointment, we will be in touch
when it is your turn to have your booster.
Third doses for severely immunosuppressed

The JCVI has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at
the time of their first or second Covid-19 vaccination should be offered a third dose.
This is an extra ‘top-up’ dose in response to evidence showing that they may not
have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels
of protection against Covid-19. It includes people with leukaemia and advanced HIV
and people who have had recent organ transplants.

Consultants have been asked to identify eligible patients and recommend when the
best time would be for them to have their third dose. Patients will be contacted either
by their consultant or GP to arrange their vaccination, starting from mid-September.
More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on
the NHS Leeds CCG website