Thousands of immunosuppressed Britons can now apply for a third dose of Covid jab online

HUNDREDS of thousands of Britons with health conditions can now apply for their third Covid jab online.

About 400,000 people who are immunosuppressed may receive a position for the next dose – other than the booster dose.

Immunosuppressed people can now apply online to receive their third round of Covid shots


Immunosuppressed people can now apply online to receive their third round of Covid shotsCredit: Alamy

This is because immunosuppressed people cannot produce the correct amount of antibodies from their two injections to fight Covid.

According to the JCVI guidelines, people are classified as severely immunosuppressed as a result of treatment, for diseases such as cancer or those with long-term chronic diseases where their immunity affected by the drug, are eligible for a third dose eight weeks after their second dose.

To date, more than three-quarters of severely immunocompromised people have received a third Covid vaccine.

And as of today, adults who are eligible to third dose and have received a clinical referral from their doctor can go online and make an appointment.

NHS Covid-19 vaccination booking service will offer a ‘book my 3’ optionrd dose appointment ‘.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: “NHS staff continue to deliver the first, second and third doses, to those who are eligible, along with the management of around 14 million Rocket propulsion in just over nine weeks.

“Decisions about when to give the third dose are still between patients and their doctors, who are aware of their ongoing treatment – ​​more than three-quarters of people with severe immunosuppression have taking the third dose to date and from today people can also sign up online with a letter from their GP or clinician.

“It is extremely important that everyone receives the full recommended course in Covid vaccines, especially those with the highest risk of viral infection – Rocket propulsion and the third dose is not a good thing to get, they are the best way to protect you and your loved ones this winter. “

The decision about when to give the third dose of severe immunosuppression is made between the patient and their physician, and the majority of the third dose is made through hospital consultants and GP-general practitioner.

According to JCVI guidelines, the third dose for people with severe immunosuppression should usually be given at least eight weeks after the second dose.

Charities such as Myeloma UK have warned patients could miss out on important vaccines because of confusion between shots.

Many patients have been frustrated by the mess – which means for some, their vaccine status is not showing up in their NHS app.

And others say their third dose of the vaccine was mistaken for a booster shot.

The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) said in September that a third dose should be given to these people at the time they get their first or second dose.

“These individuals may not respond adequately to vaccination and may therefore be less protected than the broader population,” they explain.

“This offer is separate from any potential enhancement programs.”

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