In total, 2.1 million people have already received a stroke and one million have received the two courses that offer the best protection against the disease.
The question on the lips of many people who have had the first jab is “how long before I can have my second?” “.
In February, in response to the slowdown in vaccine supply, the Welsh government made a decision to shorten the interval between the first and second dose for some people receiving the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine due to fears that people might overstep the 12-week interval between doses recommended by the JCVI.
It remains the policy of the Welsh government to ensure that everyone receives their second dose 11 to 12 weeks after the first.
The Welsh Government’s stated goal is, subject to supply, to offer all members of the current 10 priority groups their first dose of vaccine by the end of July. This means that by the end of October everyone should have had their second shot (although Mark Drakeford has said there will be another deployment again in the fall to keep levels of immunity).
You can use the calculator below – which was created by Steven Wooding and Joanna Michałowska at Omnicalculator – to determine when you’re likely to receive your second jab if you haven’t already had it:
What about individual health advice?
The vaccine rollout is administered by the seven boards of health in Wales and some have slightly different boards. Here’s what everyone had to say about your second jab:
Swansea Bay University Board of Health
Health boards say people will automatically be called back for your second jab.
In a statement on their website, they said: “We know that many of you want to go through the full two-dose cycle of the Covid vaccine, but are concerned about the 12-week gap, which is standard in the whole of the UK, regardless of the brand of vaccine. vaccine you have.
“We thought it would help if we explained why you have to wait so long to receive your second dose:”
- Deploying vaccines in this way means more people get their first dose sooner, giving them the protection they need to limit the number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
- Data from vaccine trials have shown that the longer the gap between the doses, the better the protection offered by the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
- Protection against the first dose of vaccines does not decrease while waiting for the second dose
- Even if you wait a little longer than 12 weeks for your second dose, the course does not need to be restarted and you can still receive your second dose.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
On the second doses of the AstraZenica jab, the board of health currently states: “The second doses of Oxford AstraZeneca currently remain at 11 weeks and you will automatically receive an appointment which could be up to five days before your appointment date. -you. If you do not hear by 11 weeks, please call us on 02921 841234 or your doctor’s office if this is where you received your first dose. ”
On Pfizer, they added, “Anyone who received the first dose of Pfizer will now receive their second dose at 11 weeks, which is according to MHRA guidelines and the vaccination will be effective. Pfizer is being delivered to our mass vaccination center in Bayside, Splott and Pentwyn. ”
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
On the AstraZeneca jab, the statement on the board of health website reads: “If you have received your first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine between the dates of January 1 and March 21 and have not yet received letter informing you of your second appointment, please complete this form.
“Once we have received this information, we will check our records and let you know the details of your second appointment.
“Those who received their first dose of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine should expect to receive their second dose 11 to 12 weeks later, unless there are individual clinical reasons for using a shorter interval. Please do not contact us yet if you have received your first dose. after March 21. ”
Regarding Pfizer, the board of health says that if you received your first dose of Pfizer vaccine between December 7, 2021 and March 21, and you have not yet received a letter informing you of your second appointment. you must fill out this form.
He adds, “Once we have received this information, we will check our records and let you know the details of your second appointment. “
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Powys Health Education Council
The board of health has published detailed recommendations for second doses.
In the “Where will I get my second appointment for the dose” section, the board of health said:
- If your first appointment was with your GP, they will normally arrange your second appointment. Please contact your doctor’s office for more details
- If your first dose appointment was at a mass vaccination center, your second appointment will normally be at a mass vaccination center. More details on second dose vaccinations are provided below.
- Some health and care workers who have received their first dose of vaccination as part of an awareness program (for example, home workers) will receive their second dose at a mass vaccination center.
If you received your first dose of vaccination at a mass vaccination center on or before March 14 and have not yet received your invitation for a second dose, please use this priority access form to notify the council. health.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
In a statement posted on its website, the board of health said, “We ask people to be patient while they wait for their second dose invitation. However, anyone who has been waiting for more than eleven weeks for their second appointment should contact:
- Their general practitioner if they have received a first dose during general surgery
- Our contact center for Covid-19 vaccination on 03000 840 004 if they have received their first dose elsewhere. The lines are open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Please be patient and only call if it has been 11 weeks since your first dose and you have not yet had an appointment for your second. “
Cwm Taff Morgannwg University Health Board
You can read the full Board of Health FAQ here.
The board of health pointed out that if you lose your vaccination card, you can still receive your second vaccine.
A statement on their site reads: “As long as you arrive at your appointment with your letter and proof of identity, our vaccination team will be able to see when you have had your first dose and issue you a new card when. you have some . The same goes for your general practitioner. Please keep your vaccination card in a safe place. ”
Hywel Dda University Health Council
The board of health has not received specific advice online regarding second injections, but you can read all the information they have about the vaccine rollout here.