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Are you happy to have your second jab delayed?

Dame Esther Rantzen ‘so glad’ her second vaccine shot will go to someone else

Dame Esther said she felt ‘privileged’ to have had an initial shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine just before Christmas but said she is “so glad and so relieved” her second shot of the coronavirus vaccine has been delayed, allowing someone else to have an initial dose.

The Childline founder, aged “80 and a half”, said “I really want my second jab to protect somebody who needs it more than me” and underlined how “precious” it is to have an extra level of defence against the virus.

The UK’s chief medical officers have said the first Covid-19 vaccine dose offers “substantial” protection, and vaccine dose schedules have been altered so more people can have their first jab.

Rather than providing the required two doses in as short a time as possible, the second dose of both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines will now be within 12 weeks of the first.

Dame Esther told the PA news agency that she was due for her second shot on January 13.

But on Tuesday she was told it was being postponed.

The veteran TV presenter told PA: “I was so glad and so relieved.

“I really want my second jab to protect somebody who needs it more than me.

“Members of my family work in the NHS, I have friends being looked after in care homes, I know how precious that protection is.

“I have self-isolated since last March, except seeing my family in the summer, when we had different rules.

“The work I do, I can do through the internet, I’m in a very privileged position and I don’t want the extra privilege of a second jab.”

Dame Esther called the vaccine an “extraordinary creation”, adding of the UK: “We seem to be ahead of the game.”

The long-time campaigner added: “I can’t pretend this lockdown is the same as the last one. Last time there was a sort of Battle of Britain feeling, a great community spirit, banging saucepans, a real spring in our step.

“This time you think ‘heavens have we got to do this again?’ And it’s not spring but the bleak midwinter.”

Dame Esther, who also founded The Silver Line helpline for lonely older people, said the impact of loneliness during the pandemic has been “damaging” for a lot of people.

She added: “You do desperately miss children and grandchildren, whom I used to see on a very regular basis. It’s a huge loss in my life but people of my age have lived through worse.

“I know how important a phone call is – we have to keep these conversations going.”

Experts have called for robust monitoring to assess how altering the coronavirus vaccine dose schedule affects the effectiveness of both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

The British Society for Immunology said that while it would prefer the original dosing schedules, as tested in clinical trials, be followed, it accepted the rationale for the change.

Experts advising the Government, including the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the focus should be on giving at-risk people the first dose of whichever vaccine they receive, rather than providing the required two doses in as short a time as possible.

This now means the second dose of both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines will be within 12 weeks of the first.

What are your views?  Have you or any elderly family members already had your first vaccination or have you got a date in the diary?  Does it make sense to vaccinate more people and delay the booster? Are you confident that the vaccination strategy is robust?

Are you happy to have your second jab delayed?

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moray
6 hours ago
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No No No. I want the second jab quickly. I want the full protection as soon as possible. This is what the experts say. The government should not change the expert advice.
ChrisJ33
6 days ago
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I've not had a letter for my first one yet
viking
13th Jan 2021
1
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Do we feel that having just 60% coverage for the first jab, will be sufficient to stop the spread of Covid ??
There is some concern over when the second dose can be administered, to give full coverage.
RetiredJohnB
8th Jan 2021
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According to a predicted waiting list there's about 9 million in the queue before I get my first one so the second one is something I haven't thought about.

PS I don't really believe the information is correct but it made me laugh.

My other half is expecting a home visit to get a home visit to in the next few weeks,

I could jump the queue as a unpaid carer but I don't think I'll bother..

Keep Safe
SueC62
8th Jan 2021
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I'm happy to wait for the 2nd jab it if means more people will get some level of protection from the 1st jab. I'm also happy with the real experts' opinions, rather than the Facebook experts, although as their seems to be some concern over delaying the 2nd Pfizer jab, I have wondered why they don't continue with the 2nd jabs for that one. I have read that some doctors' surgeries have done as it would have been less efficient to try cancelling the 2nd appointments than continuing with them.
Retiredyorkie
8th Jan 2021
1
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Will make a decision when I have had my first jab
RomaM
8th Jan 2021
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I'm happy to wait, if it means more people can get vaccinated quicker.
I hope I can have the Oxford vaccine, as I've more confidence in their methods in developing the vaccine than the other company, sorry I've forgotten how to spell their name.
Munsterlander
6th Jan 2021
2
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Of course-lets all get the jab and get back to our normality.
HappyHippie
6th Jan 2021
1
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I can't have the injection as it contains penicillin and I'm allergic to it, just have to wait and see
viking
6th Jan 2021
1
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Does this apply to both of the types now in circulation ??
Maybe our two regular ex-health professionals will know the answer.
HappyHippie
6th Jan 2021
1
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not sure yet, I just know my friend, who is with the same Drs. as me rang to ask about the vaccine as she like me wants to have it, she was told the one they will offer at the moment contains penicillin so they wont give it to her, they did however say the next vaccine may not contain it.. So fingers crossed
viking
7 hours ago
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Again conflicting information, as a proclamation on the TV yesterday said that neither of the 2 brands being administered at the moment contained penicillin !! Perhaps there is a different receipe for us here in the East !!
anubis
6th Jan 2021
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I do find it worrying that we won`t be fully protected for longer but some protection for more people is better than none I suppose. But I do think going against the people who made it and know its limitations in the mad dash to get the vaccine out could prove to be a big mistake with people needing catch up doses and lengthening the process. Being in my 70`s with COPD and numerous other health issues that look bad on paper I have survived by shielding for almost a year with the support of my wonderful children keeping us supplied with food it will be the end of February before I am in line for any vaccine. I have been told it won`t stop me catching covid but hopefully prevent serious illness so vaccine or not it won`t change a lot for me
AnnW5
6th Jan 2021
2
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I think the fact they are going against manufacturers instructions is putting people off it more than before. Being injected with chemicals for some is no small thing as we tend to try and be as natural as possible these days. Now you could question if it's worth having the first jab if it's not being used as intended? My mind shifts constantly on the issue. I am glad at 56 it will be some time before they get round to me hopefully my mind will have settled one way or the other by then.
Jo4
15th Jan 2021
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I can only comment on the pfizer vaccine & my first jab,on learning my 2nd one won’t be until the end of March did not bother me as more people would get vaccinated until I read that the Pfizer lab are not happy about the delay between jabs,I would rather believe what they are saying as they made it,it is my understanding that the WHO have their doubts about this as well.take care everyone.
L10FAS
6th Jan 2021
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I have trained to be a vaccinator, as a retired registered nurse back to do my bit. The manufacturer of both vaccines now being given require the booster to be given within in a 4-12 week period so the science definitely allows for this. Far better to immunise as many as possible as soon as possible.
Jennette
6th Jan 2021
1
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It is not the manufacturer who is saying this. Pfizer says they have no evidence for their vaccine being delayed and WHO says they would not advise delaying the second vaccine
46fit
6th Jan 2021
2
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As we do not know the science I find it very concerning, it has not been proven that the delay of the second vaccine will work, could this make the first unworkable and make it a wasted first. With the Oxford vaccine it has been said that been given half the vaccine first the the full vaccine in three weeks would mean it would give better cover. This would still mean that the first vaccine would cover two people.
I was all for having the vaccine in the first instance but I am very scared now.
Rosedeb
6th Jan 2021
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While I can see the rationale, it is sending out a confusing message, as a lot of people have appointments booked for their second dose as it was stressed they need two doses to be protected, so extra work for GP /NHS staff rearranging appointments or do these first ones still stand?
As I said confusing
viking
5th Jan 2021
4
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Love to wait Only trouble is that I can't get the first one yet !!
Living in an isolated area of the UK, maybe just have to play the waiting game !!
MrsPat
5th Jan 2021
4
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Yes it makes a lot of sense if by doing so we can vaccinate 2 x as many of us in the same timeframe.

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