This follows earlier recommendations from UK Chief Medical Officers to give second doses up to 12 weeks after initial vaccination.
Patients who received their vaccine at a local vaccination centre in Sheffield will be contacted by their GP practice to arrange their second dose when it’s their turn, this will typically be at week 11 - please don’t contact your GP practice.
Those that booked through the national booking service booked their first and second appointments at the same time and therefore won’t be called by their GP practice.
John Burkhill, well known in the city as ‘the man with the pram’ for his fundraising efforts for Macmillan, recently received his second vaccination, sharing his experience John said: “I’m feeling great and really grateful to have been vaccinated against covid.
“If I can encourage one person to have the vaccine I’ll be happy, it’s the best chance we’ve got in getting our lives back after such a terrible year. If you’re due to have your second jab, don’t put it off.
“I’m looking forward to when social distancing is over and being able to get back out again, doing what I love and fundraising for charity. Let’s get vaccinated and get back out there Sheffield.”
Alun Windle, Chief Nurse and Covid Vaccination Lead at NHS Sheffield CCG: “To give yourself the best protection and to protect those around you, you need to have both doses of a covid vaccine.
“Don’t skip your second dose, if you experienced side effects with your first vaccination please don’t let it put you off having your second. It’s important that you still return for your next appointment. You may experience side effects from your second dose but these are mild and will last for 2-3 days. If you don’t have both doses, this may put your health at risk and at risk of complications from covid if you catch it.
“You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose and it’s important to remember that even if you have had two doses of a covid vaccine, you may still give covid to someone else.
“Being vaccinated doesn’t protect you completely, but it is our best defence in our global fight against this pandemic. Many more people need to be vaccinated and protected against covid so please continue to follow the current safety restrictions to protect yourself and those around you”.
Appointments for the first doses are still available for the rest of March, but they are filling up fast. So if you are in an eligible group – meaning you are 50 or over, have a health condition that puts you at greater risk, or are a health or social care worker – and you haven’t booked your first dose yet, the time to do so is right now. It’s quick and simple to book at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.