In the UK, there are three approved COVID-19 vaccines. They all require two doses to provide longer lasting protection. they have been shown to be effective in clinical trials and have a good safety record.
An independent group of experts has recommended that the NHS first offers these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19. This includes older adults in care homes and frontline health and social care workers.
When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.
Please see the below patient leaflet for more information.
Patient Vaccination Guide
Vaccinations for household contacts of severely immunesuppressed patients.
Your adult household contacts are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination
If you are severely immunosuppressed then your adult household contacts are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This is because the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recently advised that adult household contacts of adults, over 16 years of age, with severe immunosuppression should be offered COVID-19 vaccination. This aims to reduce the risk of infection to you by vaccinating those most likely to transmit to you, as even though you may have received your COVID-19 vaccination; you may have lower protection from the vaccine given that you are immunosuppressed.
The JCVI advice applies to adult household contacts who are 16 years and above with whom you “expect to share living accommodation on most days…. and therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.”
Please let your adult household contacts know that they can now book a vaccination appointment by calling the COVID vaccination Hub on 119 or 07375 881785,, who will then invite them to attend their GP-led Local Vaccination Service.
Your household contacts will need a valid proof of address, which should match your address, to provide evidence of eligibility for vaccination. This should happen on arrival for their vaccination appointment. If an adult is supporting you through a period of treatment – eg chemotherapy – and they are unable to provide a valid proof of address, they should contact their registered GP, who will be able to advise them.
Members of ‘bubbles’ that do not live with an immunosuppressed person for the majority of the week (frequent visitors and other non-carers who might visit the house often but not for the majority of the week, including overnight stays) are excluded from the definition.
This link on the government website outlines what is a valid proof of address: Proof of identity checklist - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and includes the following:
- utility bill (gas, electric, satellite television, landline phone bill) issued within the last three months
- local authority council tax bill for the current council tax year
- current UK driving licence (but only if not used for the name evidence)
- bank, building society or credit union statement or passbook dated within the last three months
- original mortgage statement from a recognised lender issued for the last full year
- solicitor’s letter within the last three months confirming recent house purchase or land registry confirmation of address
- council or housing association rent card or tenancy agreement for the current year
- benefit book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency (but not if used as proof of name)
- HMRC self-assessment letters or tax demand dated within the current financial year
- electoral register entry or NHS medical card or letter of confirmation from GP’s practice of registration with the surgery.
Note that any household contacts aged 16-17 years old will need to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has only been authorised for use in people aged 18 years and over.
For more information about the coronavirus vaccine please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccination roll out in Essex
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination program in Essex, please visit the website below for regular updates.