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Questions about booster vaccines

 

Who is eligible for a booster dose?

'Booster' vaccines are now available for people who are most at risk from COVID-19, and who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

This includes: the clinically vulnerable, people aged 30+, and health and social care workers. 

You can pre-book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after your 2nd dose, but the appointment dates you'll be offered will be from 3 months (91 days) after your 2nd dose.

If you're eligible for a booster dose and you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait 4 weeks (28 days) before getting a booster dose. (This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms). Please cancel and rebook your appointment for a later date if needed.

 

When will it be available more widely?

Booster vaccines are soon to be offered to all over-18s in the UK, and children aged 12 to 15 will also be invited for a second dose. We are expecting to be able to confirm further details about this shortly.

You don't need to contact your GP practice or another NHS organisation about this. The NHS will remind you when it's your turn.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine

 

How do I get a booster?

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.

 

Why is it important to have it?

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.

 

Which vaccine will I get?

The national booster programme is being delivered using the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. This is because clinical evidence shows these vaccines to be most effective at protecting people against the current strains of Covid-19.

Most people in Liverpool 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 AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for medical reasons. If you think you require the Oxford/AstraZeneca for your booster this will need to be pre-arranged via your GP. 

If a drop-in vaccination clinic is offering the AstraZeneca vaccine it will be detailed here https://www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk/drop-in-vaccination

 

Can I get a flu jab at the same time?

Many 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 completely safe to have them at the same time.

Find out more about the flu vaccine here