Page updated 22 September 2022
Kent and Medway Covid-19 vaccination programme
The Covid-19 booster autumn booster programme started on 5 September 2022.
Guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the autumn programme outlines who should be offered the vaccine. These include:
- residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- frontline health and social care workers
- all adults aged 50 years and over
- persons aged five to 49 years in a clinical risk group
- persons aged five to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
- persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers.
Vaccination clinics and community pharmacies are continuing to offer first, second and booster vaccines across Kent and Medway for anyone aged five and over.
For the latest information on Covid-19 eligibility visit the NHS’s Covid-19 website.
Healthy five to 11-year-olds: two children’s doses, 12 weeks apart
Healthy 12 to 15-year-olds: two doses, 12 weeks apart
Healthy 16 to 74-year-olds: Two doses, eight weeks apart and a booster 12 weeks after the second dose.
Healthy over 75s and adult care home residents: Two adult doses, eight weeks apart. A first booster 12 weeks after the second dose.
At risk five to 11-year-olds: Two children’s doses, eight weeks apart
At risk 12 to 17-year-olds: Two doses, eight weeks apart and a booster 12 weeks after the second dose.
Severely immunosuppressed 12 and over: Three doses, each eight weeks apart. A first booster 12 weeks after the third dose.
Those who are severely immunosuppressed can book an appointment via the national booking service, or by visiting a walk-in vaccination clinic.
You will need to bring your GP/consultant letter of eligibility to your appointment.
This course of vaccination is for:
- people with primary or acquired immunodeficiency states at the time of vaccination.
- anyone on immunosuppressive or immunomodulating therapy at the time of vaccination.
- those with chronic immune-mediated inflammatory disease who were receiving or had received immunosuppressive therapy prior to vaccination.
- people who had received high-dose steroids (equivalent to >40mg prednisolone per day for more than a week) for any reason in the month before vaccination.
For full details of eligibility, please visit the government website.
If you believe you are immunosuppressed, but do not have a letter you should contact your consultant or general practice directly to request a letter of eligibility.
If you do not have a specific clinical authorisation letter that describes the condition, other acceptable forms of evidence to show at the vaccination centre include;
- a hospital letter that describes the medication being prescribed
- a prescription copy
- a medication box with the patient’s name and a date on it.
The vaccination team may also ask you for proof of identification. This will also enable the vaccination team to confirm your eligibility on the vaccine record system.
Parental consent for five to 15-year-olds
Parental consent will always be requested before any child aged five to 15 is given the Covid-19 vaccination – in line with NHS rules. No vaccinations will take place without asking for parental consent.
There are exceptional circumstances where, if a child and parent/guardian have different opinions, the child can request for a medical professional to assess their capacity to consent to the vaccination themselves (this is known as Gillick competency).
16-year-olds and over
Parental consent is not required for those aged 16 and over who wish to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.
These rules are in line with the normal NHS guidance on parental consent.
The Covid-19 vaccine is still recommended for people with a history of allergic reactions provided those are not linked to ingredients within the vaccines. We have a dedicated process for supporting people with severe allergies. This includes specialist allergy advice from Guys and St Thomas' Hospital to help local clinicians and their patients agree the best approach for them.
A new vaccine, Nuvaxovid, is available to patients who are unable to have the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines due to a history of true anaphylaxis/allergic reactions. Patients can only be referred if they have previously been seen by an allergy specialist. Access to this vaccine will be by referral to Kent and Canterbury Hospital. Please email the Covid Vaccination Team if you need clarification: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a history of severe allergic reactions, especially anaphylactic shock, please contact your GP when you are eligible for the vaccine.
If appropriate they will be able to arrange a referral to a hospital-based service to receive the vaccine.
Please do this rather than booking a vaccine appointment directly through the national booking service.
The autumn booster vaccinations for housebound patients have started and will be delivered in line with national guidance via a local GP practice, pharmacy or community provider.
Vaccinations for housebound patients requires providers to travel varying distances and may be subject to delays due to traffic or other travel constraints. This means the vaccine delivery to housebound patients will incur more wait times as compared to vaccinations delivered at a GP surgery or community pharmacy.
Please support us by being patient with the providers as they are working hard to make sure they visit as many homes as possible per day.
It is expected all eligible housebound patients will be offered a vaccine appointment by early December.
If you or someone you care for has not heard from your provider by early December, please contact your GP practice.
A service has been launched to capture evidence of Covid-19 vaccinations administered in countries other than England, Scotland and Wales and have these recorded in the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS). This will then enable an accurate NHS Covid-19 Pass to be generated.
You can use this service if you’re:
- aged 18 or over
- have an NHS number
- have received a Covid-19 vaccine dose outside of England that is one of the four MHRA-approved vaccine types; Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer (Comirnaty), Janssen or Moderna (Spikevax).
Those wanting to use the service need to make an appointment at one of the vaccination centres offering this service.
Appointments need to be booked at and managed through the national booking service or by calling 119.
The NHS is offering antibody and antiviral treatments to people with Covid-19 who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill.
Eligible people can use a positive lateral flow test (LFT) to be referred for treatment. It is important that treatment starts within five days of a positive test.
Most people who have conditions that put them in the highest risk category will have been contacted directly with information about how to get these treatments if needed.
Treatments for Covid-19 are for people aged 12 and over who:
- are at highest risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
- have symptoms of Covid-19 that started within the last five days
- have tested positive for Covid-19 by PCR or LFT within the last five days.
If you think you, or someone you care for, is eligible for these treatments you can contact your GP surgery, when you have a positive test, and request a referral to the assessment unit.
It depends what other medication people are taking whether they can have the treatment, so all patients must be clinically assessed.
You should make sure you have a stock of lateral flow tests, and test at the first sign of symptoms. Order test kits online or call 119.