A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine helps improve the protection you have from earlier doses. It helps give you longer-term protection against becoming severely unwell or needing admission to hospital due to COVID-19 infection.
There are 3 types of booster for the COVID-19 vaccine:
- A 1st booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, who have had a 2nd dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
- A booster dose (4th dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses and who had a 3rd dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
- A spring booster of the COVID-19 vaccine is available to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.
If you have not had a booster dose yet, they are still available and you can book anytime. COVID-19 is still active, and the vaccine offers the best protection against becoming seriously unwell and passing the virus on to others.
The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS. The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a booster between three and six months after their last dose over the Spring and early Summer.