Please note your COVID-19 Vaccination does not protect you against flu, for information regarding your flu vaccination visit our Flu Vaccination webpage.
A third dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is now available for people with a severely weakened immune system. This third primary dose is an extra ‘top-up’ vaccination given 8 weeks after your second dose. The third dose will help to increase the level of protection for people who may not have generated a full immune response to the first two doses and might be less protected than the wider population.
A third dose is different from a booster dose. A booster dose is a later dose to extend the duration of protection from the primary course of vaccinations.
If you are eligible for a third primary dose, you may also become eligible for an additional booster dose six months after your second dose.
You have been invited to have a third primary dose because you the NHS has identified you as someone who was severely immunosuppressed when you received your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This includes those who had or have:
- blood cancers (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
- lowered immunity due to treatment (such as steroid medication, biological therapy, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy)
- lowered immunity due to inherited disorders of the immune system
- an organ or bone marrow transplant
- diseases that affect the immune system such as poorly controlled HIV.
If you are eligible, the NHS will contact you to invite you for an appointment. If you have not received an appointment and think you should have, please contact your GP or consultant to discuss your eligibility for a third dose.
Frequently asked questions
- Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions webpage for a series of FAQs to help you in making an informed decision about the Coronavirus vaccine.
- Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Updates page to find out the latest news and updates about the Vaccination Programme in Surrey Heartlands.
Covid-19 Vaccination Services in Surrey
Vaccination services are running in a number of community locations.
You can find out more, including details of locations and availability of walk-in vaccination clinics with no appointments required on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Centres webpage. Please note walk-in vaccinations for Booster doses are currently limited.
Covid-19 Vaccination Resources
For a range of helpful resources, including information in community languages, research, videos and much more, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Resources webpage.
A series of resources specific to third dose vaccinations can be found following this link on the gov.uk website.