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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 75051, tabled on 15 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help raise awareness of the difference between the third primary covid-19 vaccine programme and the booster vaccination programme among those administering vaccinations.

Answered on

23 November 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement have identified approximately 400,000 severely immunosuppressed people who may be eligible for a third primary dose. These individuals are being contacted by text and letter to advise them to discuss the options with their clinician. Texts were sent to individuals who may be eligible from 11 October and letters sent from 18 October. Those who believe they may be eligible are encouraged to contact their general practitioner.

We regularly provide resources and additional information to charities and patient organisations representing those living with severely compromised immune systems for circulation among their members and followers. The UKHealth Security Agency (UKHSA) and NHS England and NHS Improvement update guidance as more information becomes available about COVID-19 vaccines.

Guidance was issued to the National Health Service on 2 September outlining the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) advice regarding the prioritisation of severely immunosuppressed people for third primary doses. On 30 September this was supplemented by further guidance which also clarifies that third primary doses are distinct from booster doses.