The guidance from the Joint Immunisation and Vaccination Committee (JCVI) for the provision of 2nd dose to those aged 16 and 17 has changed since the drive thru session in June at Bowlee Community Park.
Who can have a 2nd dose of the vaccine?
- Patients aged 17 who will turn 18 within 3 months can have a 2nd dose of the vaccine. (To be eligible the patient will be above the age of 17 years and 40 weeks)
- Patients aged 16 – 17 who are in “at -risk” groups
All other 16-17 year olds are only being offered a 1st dose of the vaccine at this time. The JCVI statement below provides the relevant information.
“ At this time, JCVI advises that 16-17 year olds should be offered a first dose. This is in addition to the existing offer of 2 doses of vaccine to 16 to 17 year olds who are in “at risk” groups. Pending further evidence on effectiveness and safety in this age group, a second vaccine dose is anticipated to be offered later to increase the level of protection and contribute towards longer term protection. Further data and the potential availability of alternative vaccine options will inform exact details, which will be provide in a subsequent update before second doses are due at approximately 12 weeks after the first dose.
Young people who are called as part of the 16-17 year old programme and receive their first dose above the age of 17 years and 40 weeks may be scheduled to receive their second dose after an interval of at least 8 weeks, as part of the “turning 18 programme”