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An Earlier Date 31 May 2021

People over 50 are getting priority for second doses of COVID-19 vaccines, so we're told.

But the only way to find out was to cancel one's existing appointment and rebook it, so I wasn't taking the chance. Until I got the email on Friday evening:

As you’re in a high priority group, we’re now able to offer you earlier dates for your 2nd dose vaccination appointment.

You can choose an earlier date for your 2nd dose by either:

  • managing your appointment at https://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
  • calling 119

If you choose to rebook, we’ll need to cancel your existing appointment to offer you a new date.

All right, thought I, might as well give it a go.

Cancel cancel. Find vaccination centre. Same one, the one I can get to most easily. What date can they give me that's earlier than 10 June?

10 June, apparently. At 12.45. (I had 12.15 before.)

This is, er, not an earlier date. I suppose there might have been an earlier one at the second-nearest place, in Beaconsfield, but it's rather more of a pain to reach… and I didn't want to leave myself with no appointment at all for longer than was absolutely necessary.

Given my druthers, I'd code the thing to say "you can try to make a new appointment, and if you succeed we'll automatically cancel your old one". But if it worked that way I'd have been on the site several times a day, and maybe they don't want that much traffic.

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  1. Posted by John P at 04:41pm on 31 May 2021

    I was due for my second jab on 9th June. But last week my daughter brought Covid home with her.Fortunately, the effects on us weren't too bad. But it means that I've got to push the second jab out to 28 days after our isolation ends. Apparently it is still worth having the jab even though we've had Covid and so will have lots of antibodies anyway.

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