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Having your 2nd COVID-19 vaccination Posted on 9 Mar 2021

So that the COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to make progress as planned, the NHS in Essex wants to make sure residents know what to do when it’s time for their 2nd dose of the vaccine .

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

It’s important that the same vaccine is used for both doses and it will help if you return to the same place as where you had your 1st dose. Please remember that until you have had your second dose, you should continue to follow all the guidance including social distancing, wearing face coverings and hand washing.

The following table explains where you should go to receive your 2nd dose:

Where did you receive your 1st dose? Where should you have your 2nd dose?
At your GP practice or a site run by your GP / Primary Care Network
(Primary Care Networks are groups of GPs working together to administer the vaccine from a single site)

You should return to your GP practice or the site run by your GP / Primary Care Network for your 2nd dose.

Your GP may have already given you a date for your 2nd dose
If you don’t have a date yet, your GP will contact you soon with a date.

At a large vaccination centre

You should have already been given a date to return to a vaccination centre for your 2nd dose.

If you don’t have a date yet, you can book one online using the National Booking System or by calling 119.

If you live in Essex and need help to book an appointment you can ring 0344 2573 961 (open 10am to 4pm, local rate).

At a hospital

If you had your 1st  dose of vaccine at Basildon Hospital, Broomfield Hospital, Orsett Hospital, Southend Hospital or Towngate Theatre in Basildon and booked your appointment online using ShiftPartner, then your 2nd  appointment must be also booked using ShiftPartner.

If you need to change the date of your 2nd appointment, you can also do this online using ShiftPartner.

If you need help please call the Mid & South Essex COVID Vaccination Booking Line on 01245 515919.

If you booked your 1st dose by calling the Mid & South Essex COVID Vaccination Booking Line
(01245 515919) then we will contact you with details of your 2nd appointment.

At a Community Pharmacy

You should have already been given a date to return to a community pharmacy for your 2nd dose.

If you don’t have a date yet, you can book one online using the National Booking System or by calling 119.

Please do not turn up for a vaccination without making an appointment first. If you turn up without an appointment you will unfortunately be turned away.

If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment for your 2nd dose, please let us know ASAP by contacting your GP, Hospital or the National Booking System.

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