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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third vaccine dose. This offer is separate to any potential COVID-19 booster programme.
This third dose should be offered to people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose. These people may not have a full response to vaccination and therefore may be less protected than the wider population.
The advice from the JCVI indicates that individuals on immunosuppressive therapy at the time of vaccination be offered a third vaccination. The guidance includes those who were receiving or had received in the previous 6 months immunosuppressive chemotherapy for any indication. You can read more about this in the above link.
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) also have information about the current situation with COVID-19 vaccines and the latest vaccine delivery plan. This is being updated as new information becomes available.
As you had your first COVID -19 vaccination four weeks after you finished your chemotherapy you may be eligible for a third vaccination. We would suggest that you speak again to your treatment team as JCVI indicates that the timing of the third vaccine should be made by your specialist.
People who have a third dose of the vaccine may also be offered a booster at a future time.
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Are you able to help with advice on the third primary Covid-19 jabs for severely immunocompromised people, as announced on September 1st? (Not related to the third jabs via the booster programme announced this week.)
If I started chemo in August 2020 and finished in January 2021, and had my first jab in February, would that make me eligible for a third primary dose?
If it does, do you know how I can obtain that jab? My GP and hospital haven’t been helpful so far — I think they’re getting the third primary jab and the third jab via boosters mixed up into one.