People with weakened immune systems urged to get third COVID-19 vaccination and booster dose | Together We’re Better

People with severely weakened immune systems in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being encouraged to get their third primary COVID-19 vaccination and a booster dose to ensure they are fully protected against the virus. Experts say that eligible patients should have a third primary COVID-19 vaccine dose followed by a further booster to get a good level of protection. This is because patients who were considered immunosuppressed around the time of either of their first two doses may not have generated a good immune response to those jabs.

Patients can get their third primary dose two months (61 days) after their second jab. A booster dose can then be administered three months (91 days) after the third dose has been given. People identified as eligible for third and booster doses include

  • those who have an immunodeficiency condition such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, HIV/AIDS
  • Stem cell patients
  • those on immunosuppressive therapies such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or immunosuppression for a solid organ transplant when their vaccines were administered
  • patients on drugs or therapies for chronic inflammatory conditions which would affect their immune response, such as steroids or drugs used for autoimmune diseases such as arthritis are also being encouraged to get their extra doses

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