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Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine

NHS information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine, including who can get a booster and how to get one.

A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.

It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

This includes:

  • people aged 50 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
  • 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.

Information:

If you're not sure if you have a health condition that puts you at high risk, see who is at high risk from COVID-19.

You'll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose.

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer.

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine online if you had your 2nd dose at least 6 months ago and you are:

  • a frontline health or social care worker – you do not need to wait for an invite
  • aged 50 and over and the NHS has invited you to book
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19 and the NHS has invited you to book
Information:

If you have not received an invite but it's been 6 months and 1 week (190 days) since your 2nd dose, you can try to book your appointment online without an invite.

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

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, it's safe to have them at the same time.

Find out more about the flu vaccine

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination booster dose on GOV.UK

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