Update on COVID booster Vaccinations September 14th 2023
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine booster doses are offered seasonally and may be offered additionally if there is a surge in infections. The next COVID-19 booster for people who are at higher risk of becoming unwell with COVID is available from 11th September 2023 and this includes all people living with HIV. The NHS should be in contact with you by letter with details on how to arrange a COVID-19 booster vaccination.
From 18th September, you can book your booster vaccination online or attend a walk-in centre.
Do you need to show proof of eligibility?
Most people will have received a recent letter showing their eligibility and are advised to take this to their vaccine appointment. If necessary, you can show a link to this web-page as proof of eligibility.
We have heard reports that everyone attending vaccinations centres locally are being asked if they are either immunocompromised, over 65 or a front-line healthcare worker and are not being asked specific detail of diagnosis.
If you experience difficulty receiving your next vaccination due to questions about your eligibility, please contact the Lawson Unit secretaries who can provide a letter if this is necessary.
How many COVID Vaccinations are recommended for people living with HIV?
The majority of people living with HIV are recommended to have 2 primary doses and any subsequent recommended boosters. If you are up to date with all your COVID vaccinations, you should have had 5 or 6 COVID vaccine doses in total.
Additional protection for people living with HIV with reduced immunity
There are a small number of people living with HIV who are particularly vulnerable to becoming unwell with COVID – these are people with a CD4 count of < 200, those not on antiretrovirals and those with a detectable viral load. These individuals are recommended to have 3 primary doses and any subsequent recommended doses. If you are up to date with our COVID vaccinations, you will have had a total of 6 or 7 COVID vaccine doses. You will be or have previously been contacted by the Lawson Unit if you fall into this vaccination group.
Additional protection for other health conditions
Please note that some people living with HIV may be eligible for a total of 6 / 7 vaccine doses due to other health conditions that mean they are more vulnerable to becoming unwell with COVID. These people will have been previously contacted by their GP or other specialist service.
We recommend that all people living with HIV are vaccinated for COVID-19 and have the seasonal booster doses when they are available. If you are concerned about the safety or effectiveness of vaccines, you can get more information on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/.
Or if you live in Brighton and Hove:
British HIV Association Guidance
More COVID vaccination information regarding people at higher risk of becoming unwell with COVID