COVID Booster Jabs

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

This includes:

  • people aged 40 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis).

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

You are eligible for a booster as long as a minimum of six months has passed since your second dose. E.g. if you had your second dose on 5th April, your second dose is due from the 5th October onwards.

How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine

You'll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. It's important not to contact the NHS for one before then.

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery. Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer.

Book online if you've been contacted

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:

  • aged 40 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

Book your COVID-19 booster vaccine appointment

Why do we need booster vaccines?

There is good data that suggests that vaccine effectiveness from all vaccines reduces over time. This is much like natural immunity, although vaccine-induced immunity is still lasting longer than that from most natural infections. The purpose of the booster this winter is to get more vulnerable people winter ready and to prevent hospitalisations during the winter period. By getting the booster jab- and flu jab if eligible- we are doing our bit to protect ourselves and others, and importantly, the NHS.

Frequent Asked Questions about the COVID Booster Jab

More information about the COVID Booster vaccine from the NHS

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