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Frequently Asked Questions for housebound patients

This page answers the key questions about the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination booster programme in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for housebound patients.

A number of providers in our area have agreed to deliver booster vaccinations to housebound patients. Together these providers will cover the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, so all housebound individuals in our area will be offered the vaccination in our home. Providers include NHS Trust and community pharmacy teams.

Housebound patients will be contacted by a team from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Council to arrange their vaccination in their home. Generally contact will be made through a phone call.

Booster vaccinations of our housebound patients are currently underway. If you need to have a booster vaccination in your home, please wait to hear from us. Please do not call us unless we have asked you to do so as our reception teams will not be able to book your booster for you.

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine, in line with advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Both of these vaccine types are known as mRNA vaccines.

This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, for example due to allergies to ingredients in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Some patients who are housebound may have previously received their first or second dose via their GP Practice. At this stage in the programme, GP practices aren’t delivering booster vaccinations to housebound patients, so you will receive your vaccination from a different provider in this case.

All vaccinating teams are fully trained, so there is no need to worry if you are getting your booster vaccination from a provider you have not previously had a vaccination from. 

A team from the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Authorities will call you to arrange your vaccination within your home. You will usually be offered a Pfizer or Moderna vaccination for your third primary dose.

If you do get your third primary dose, you will become eligible to get your booster after at least 91 days have passed.

If you have become housebound since you received your second dose you should let your GP know. Your GP will be able to make a note on your patient record to say you are now housebound. We will then know to contact you to offer you a booster vaccination within your home.

Yes, if you feel able to you are very welcome to book your COVID-19 booster vaccination outside your home, by visiting www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

If you need support to travel to a vaccination site, our Local Authorities provide a Transport Support Offer. You can find out more about this offer via www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination, or by calling 0345 045 5219.

This information is correct as at: 13/12/2021