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Does anyone know by own experience if you can have your second dose after 6 weeks? I know it is meant to be 8 but I was wondering if there are exceptions.

GSM
2 weeks ago
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Mango4
Mango42 weeks ago

I believe it's ok to have the Pfizer vaccine just 3 weeks after the first (not sure about Astra) , so 6 weeks would not be an issue for that, assuming they will allow to have it . Our NHS and Governments currently recommend between 8-12 weeks between vaccines , but I think that was more to do with balancing supply and work load rather than anything else. Assuming your in the UK and the jab will be administered by the NHS like everyone else's I don't see a problem anyway, if it's not safe to give it they won't give it, they'll let you know when it's due for your age group/ circumstances.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 weeks ago

It's been shown to be better if the gap is larger it creates a bigger boost for the immune system and that applies to both pfizer and AstraZeneca. In fact there is growing evidence that it is better to have different vaccines i.e. pfizer then AstraZeneca but that isn't policy anywhere yet. Of course if you have had covid you have effectively had 3 vaccines already as the initial infection would have built up some immunity.

Against this new Indian variant I believe the Astrazeneca is more effective than Pfizer but Pfizer already has a improved tweaked vaccine against the indian variant close to ready possibly for boosters later in the year. Both vaccines are still very effective against the indian variant though with regard not needing hospital treatment. The symptoms will be hugely reduced compared to those of unvaccinated people.

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seasider71
seasider712 weeks ago

I had my second dose of AstraZeneca exactly four weeks after the first. I don't think that 6 weeks apart would be an issue for the majority of people.

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snoogans888
snoogans8882 weeks ago

I tried to have my second at a centre that was offering walk ins but they wouldn’t let me have it as I wasn’t at the 8 week gap - I was only 4 days off!

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry2 weeks ago

I am very confused with the information being given out about the second dose. My mum did 4 weeks, I did 8 and now they are saving just go and have second one done when you want. My daughter doesn’t know if she should wait for the booked appointment or go now.

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davidstockport
davidstockporta week ago

In the early days it was thought that about three weeks would be the ideal gap between jabs, that was then changed, to allow more people to get some protection from their first jab, to about twelve weeks. I'm not too sure but believe it was then realised that the longer gap was more effective.

That could explain the difference in the gap between your jabs and your mother's. The more eldery were in the batch who were jabbed when the gap was lower.

My dates were 22nd January and 1st April (one day under 10 weeks)

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly252 weeks ago

The vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has today stated that, according to clinical data, eight weeks offers a much better level of protection and the length between vaccines should not be shortened.

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GSM
GSM
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a week ago

Update: I tried but they didn't let me so yes 8 weeks is the minimum.

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