A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine.
It helps give you longer-term protection against becoming severely unwell or needing admission to hospital due to COVID-19 infection this winter. If you are eligible for a booster, please book it without delay.
On 29 November 2021, JCVI published an announcement that boosters will be offered to everyone aged 18 and over, from 3 months after their second dose. We will let you know when these new groups of people can come in for their jabs. For the time being, please do not come for your booster unless you are over 40 and at least 6 months since your 2nd jab.
From Monday 22 November, everyone aged 40 and over who had their second dose at least 6 months ago can get a booster dose.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine
Booster vaccine doses are available for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.
- 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
- people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- those experiencing homelessness
- 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 one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine
Most people can:
- book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- go to a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them
You can book online if it’s been 5 months (152 days) since you had your second dose. You will be offered an appointment from 6 months after the date of your second dose.
People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer.
Book your vaccination appointment online
You can book your COVID-19 booster dose online if it’s been 5 months (152 days) since you had your 2nd dose and you are:
- aged 40 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
You’ll be offered appointment dates from 6 months after the date of your 2nd dose.
Frontline health and social care workers can book an appointment online if it’s been at least 6 months (182 days) since their 2nd dose.
You can get your booster dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site if you had your 2nd dose at least 6 months ago and you are:
- aged 40 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19 – you’ll need to bring your letter inviting you to get your booster dose or a letter from your doctor about your health condition
- a frontline health or social care worker – you’ll need to bring proof of your employment such as your workplace photo ID, a letter or a payslip from your employer within the last 3 months
If you do not get a letter but you have a health condition and you think you’re eligible, contact your GP surgery.