One Covid vaccine dose cuts hospital risk by 75%

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BBC Report: A single Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine dose reduces chances of catching coronavirus and going to hospital with it by about 75%
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How can I bring my second dose forward?

As England opens up first doses of vaccines to everyone aged 18 and older, over-40s and people with underlying health conditions are being contacted to bring their second doses forward.

The initial advice across the whole of the UK was to offer jabs 12 weeks apart in order to give as many people as possible a first dose.

Now those who haven’t yet had their second dose in some priority groups can have it after eight weeks.

You can rearrange an appointment yourself, but you must first cancel your original booking online, or by calling 119.

Second doses are also being brought forward in Scotland to eight weeks and appointments can be rebooked via the NHS Inform website.

In Northern Ireland, the interval between doses has been reduced from 10 weeks to six weeks for appointments scheduled after 14 June.

In Wales, the government says vaccination clinics “are accelerating second doses”, and that people will be contacted by their local health board in due course.

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