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Second Dose Appointments

Last updated 9 April 2021

Please wait to be invited for your second dose appointment

In line with UK-wide policy, second dose appointments for COVID-19 vaccination are taking place around 11 weeks after the first dose appointment. More information about the UK-wide policy is available from the Public Health Wales website: COVID-19 vaccination information - Public Health Wales (nhs.wales).


Please attend your second dose appointment:

  • Second dose appointments are taking place with both Pfizer/BioNTech* and AstraZeneca.
  • It is vital that you attend your second dose appointment.
  • Please attend at your booked appointment time wherever possible.
Where will I receive my second dose appointment?
  • You will normally receive your second dose appointment in the same venue type as your first dose appointment.
  • If your first dose appointment was with your GP practice then they will normally arrange your second dose appointment. Please contact your GP practice for further details.
  • If your first dose appointment was in a mass vaccination centre then your second dose appointment will normally by in a mass vaccination centre. More details about second dose vaccinations are provided below.
  • Some health & care workers who received their first dose vaccination through an outreach scheme (e.g. care home workers) will receive their second dose though a mass vaccination centre.  
I received my first dose appointment at a Mass Vaccination Centre on or before 31 January and have not yet heard about my second dose appointment. What should I do?
Who is currently being invited for second dose appointments?
  • Second dose appointments began in the county on 17 February 2021.
  • Invitations are currently being sent to people who received their first dose during December and January.
  • Second dose appointments normally take place 11-12 weeks after first dose appointments, and you will receive an invitation letter shortly before your appointment. Please note that some appointments may be earlier due to phasing of vaccine supplies, which is outside our local control. 
  • Second dose vaccinations are also under way in care homes.
What should I do if I cannot attend my second dose appointment (e.g. I am unwell, or have been advised not to attend due to COVID in my workplace)?
  • If you cannot attend at your booked appointment time then let us know as soon as possible (e.g. if you are unwell, or have been advised that you cannot have your second dose just now because of COVID in your workplace).
    • Ring the number in your booking letter, or
    • Use our online form (below)
  • If you let us know that you cannot come, we are normally able to offer your appointment to someone else - if you do not let us know, it is more likely that the dose could be wasted.

Why is it important that people cancel their appointment if they cannot come?
  • It is vital that no doses of Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca go to waste.
  • It is particularly important for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine due to the limited supplies available. We need to make sure we have enough vaccine to give a Pfizer/BioNTech second dose to everyone who received a Pfizer/BioNTech first dose.
If people cancel their Pfizer/BioNTech second dose appointment, can I attend for a first dose appointment to use the vaccine?
  • No. We cannot offer second dose appointments to people waiting for their first dose.
  • This is because Pfizer/BioNTech is currently available for second dose appointments only. If we gave you a first dose now then based on current UK supplies we will not have Pfizer/BioNTech in 11 weeks time to offer you a second dose with the same vaccine.
I attended a mass vaccination centre for my first dose appointment. When will I be contacted for my second dose appointment?
  • Your second dose appointment will normally be around 11 weeks after your first dose appointment but may be slightly sooner.
  • We will contact you nearer the time to arrange your second dose appointment.
  • If you do not receive your invitation you can use our Priority Access Form to let us know.
I attended a GP practice for my first dose appointment.
  • If you attended a GP practice for your first dose appointment, please check with your GP practice for details about second appointments.

Why are second dose appointments taking place but first dose appointments have not finished?
  • In line with national guidance, second dose appointments need to take place around 11 weeks after the first dose appointment (in some cases you may be invited earlier). This means that we need to offer second dose vaccination now for people who received their first dose 11 weeks ago.
 

*There are a very small number of clinical exceptions where some of the first patients to receive AstraZeneca are receiving their second dose vaccination, but please be aware that this is not currently routinely available.

**There may be a very small number of clinical exceptions where someone may be offered a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for their first dose but this will only be in exceptional circumstances and where an assessment has been made that there is sufficient vaccine available to also offer the second dose.

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