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Twelve weeks on, Mum still hasn't been called for second jab!

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MamaCaz Wed 17-Mar-21 17:38:29

How widespread is this?

Mum, who originally was supposed to have her second jab in January, three weeks after the first, has chased this up, and is apparently on the list to be called when the next batch of Pfizer is available at her vaccination centre, but she has been told that they don't know when that will be!

What's making Mum even more angry is knowing that she seems to be alone in this amongst her wide circle of friends, one of whom has even had the second jab after only eight weeks.

Meanwhile, a lot of her friends' younger family members (fifties, some even younger) have just had the Pfizer vaccination, though admittedly not in the same region.

Is this failure to give the second dose within twelve weeks widespread, or is my mum just unlucky?

Blossoming Wed 17-Mar-21 18:02:40

I haven’t heard of any delay, mine isn’t due until end of April.

Dorsetcupcake61 Wed 17-Mar-21 18:07:17

I just read on Guardian online that there is apparently a shortage of Astra Zeneka one so are delaying start of under 50s jabs and focusing on older groups and second doses.
I had my Pfizer in February so fingers crossed for May. My daughter and her boyfriend has Pfizer in January and are now booked in for second.
It does seem there is variation between areas,even surgeries in a town.
I did contact my surgery and was assured they would be in touch when due. Is it worth contacting your Mums surgery?

eazybee Wed 17-Mar-21 18:14:13

Mine is due in April, but the first Pfizer dose is supposed to be 90% effective, so perhaps they are trying to give the first protection to a wider range of people. I am sure your mother wouldn't object to that.

Ro60 Wed 17-Mar-21 18:27:15

Might be worth contacting GP. Maybe she missed the phone call - this is how Mum was contacted for her second.

I had to visit the surgery for another matter yesterday & the receptionist booked me straight away for my 1st on Friday. I wouldn't have asked since I was happy to 'stand in line's for my turn.
Hope you manage to sort it soon.

NotAGran55 Wed 17-Mar-21 20:15:56

I have a relative with SEN in a care home and the care staff had their second Pfizer last week, after 12 weeks .

suziewoozie Wed 17-Mar-21 20:41:10

This isn’t good enough. We were assured they had planned for the rollout of the second dose. Your mum has done all she can - would she ( or let you ) contact your MP or else your local Health Watch. Good luck

Whiff Thu 18-Mar-21 05:36:49

When I booked to have my first dose of vaccine had to book the second at the same time. Had it Wednesday last week next one 31st May. Everyone else I know in different parts of the country had to book second dose at the same time as the first as well. Some had their first dose 6 weeks ago.

MamaCaz Thu 18-Mar-21 07:37:31

My mum was given an appointment for her second dose, Whiff - it was for early/mid -January, but was cancelled at very short notice after the time between doses was extended from three to twelve weeks.
She was angy at the time, but is beyond that this time. She was very down when we spoke yesterday.

BTW, not all centres give a date for the second dose in advance. Our local surgery has been giving vaccines from the start, but with them, you have to wait for them to contact you for an appointment, and that applies to the second dose too. My OH is due his second dose with them in April, but has no appt..
I, on the other hand, booked mine (last week) at a mass vaccination centre, and had to book both appts. at the same time, so know exactly when my second dose will be, all being well.

Suziewoozie. My thoughts exactly - I said the same think to Mum yesterday!

MamaCaz Thu 18-Mar-21 07:38:11

...thing, not think!

blondenana Thu 18-Mar-21 07:41:24

I had my first late January .and just had my second on Tuesday 6 weeks .
Might depend on the area

suziewoozie Thu 18-Mar-21 07:48:47

Let us know how you get on. My MP is a wet fish but I know there are good ones?

tickingbird Thu 18-Mar-21 08:27:50

When I had my first the second was automatically booked. No waiting to be called.

suziewoozie Thu 18-Mar-21 08:36:10


When I had my first the second was automatically booked. No waiting to be called.

As said above, this varies. Generally the mass centres automatically booked the second jab as that’s how the system was set up ( let’s hope it works) and generally GP surgeries didn’t. My guess is their software couldn’t be upgraded in time to do this en masse

Gwyneth Thu 18-Mar-21 08:42:48

I thought the interval between vaccinations was 12 weeks not three weeks?

suziewoozie Thu 18-Mar-21 08:48:22

It was 3 weeks to start with then changed to 12 ( maximum) to give more people the first jab. It can be less than 12 weeks depending on local circumstances including supplies. My dd is getting her second in just under 11 weeks ( nhs).

Gwyneth Thu 18-Mar-21 08:59:13

Thanks suzie

JdotJ Thu 18-Mar-21 10:46:51

Not where I am (London Borough). Had first jab end Feb and was told I would be contacted with appt for 2nd jab.

Mooney59 Thu 18-Mar-21 10:46:59

Go on the nhs website and book it

4allweknow Thu 18-Mar-21 10:47:33

Are you sure second one wax to be done only 3 weeks after first? The norm is 12 weeks. Would check either with GP or Health Trust as to schedule.

4allweknow Thu 18-Mar-21 10:48:02

Sorry not wax, should be one.

Nannan2 Thu 18-Mar-21 10:49:11

So in other words, just like usual, instead of making one plan for all, and sticking to it, they are all over the shop! Give that number a ring MamaCaz, the one Matt Hancock quoted on coronavirus update, was it 119? For the vulnerable who think they've been missed out, or 'not done' yet?it certainly can't harm to try.Or if they can't help, ring her G.P.'s surgery, especially if you live nearby, as if they've some 'leftover' at end of a day& you can get her round there they might do it.(mention that you can do so if that's the case)?Good Luck.

suziewoozie Thu 18-Mar-21 10:49:48


Go on the nhs website and book it

My understanding is that the nhs website is for booking first jabs and at the same time making a booking for the second one. Anyone share my understanding ?

greenlady102 Thu 18-Mar-21 10:51:31

yes the way it works is that National hubs run directly through the NHS book both appointments at once. GP run centres book one appointment at a time because GP's aren't NHS employed but are contractors who can run things as they choose. Your Mum should definitely be chasingh her GP HARD

Janetashbolt Thu 18-Mar-21 10:52:35

Try booking yourself, my husband did. Google for booking site but you will need your NHS number