'Booster' vaccines are now available on the NHS for those most at risk from COVID-19, including older people and the clinically vulnerable (those previously covered in Cohorts 1-9).
Boosters will be offered to people in order of clinical priority, starting with those with severely weakened immune systems and/or deemed clinically extremely vulnerable, care home residents, adults aged 50+, and frontline health and social care workers.
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose – either by letter, text or phone call.
You don’t need to get in touch before this.
The colder weather this autumn and winter will mean people spending more time inside again, increasing the likelihood for covid-19 and other viruses to be contracted and spread.
It’s therefore really important to protect yourself and your loved ones ahead of winter by getting vaccinated as soon as possible - and getting the booster when you become eligible too.
Booster must be given at least 182 days (26 weeks) – or six months – after you had your second dose, as recorded in your medical records.
Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses, but this is absolutely safe.
Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
Most people who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine are also eligible for the annual flu vaccine. If you are offered both vaccines by the NHS, it's safe to have them at the same time.