As lockdown measures are relaxed and summer weather does appear, we are seeing some people not attend their second appointment.
Getting the second dose is vital to getting longer lasting and maximum protection offered by the vaccines, with recent research also showing they are highly effective against the Delta/Indian strain of the virus.
Studies have found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 96% effective against hospitalisation after two doses, while the Oxford-AztraZenaca is 92% effective.
People aged 40 and over are now able to have their second jab from eight weeks after their first – moving it forward from the original 12 week period. This extends the group after people aged 50 and over were able to do this last month.
If you have booked your appointments through the national booking system, you can use the website or call 119 to move your second dose forward.
If you had your first vaccination from a GP led team, you will be contacted as quickly as possible to rearrange your second dose.
Whether you are moving it forward, or have an appointment booked, everyone is urged to attend their second dose appointment.