A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for everyone aged 18 and over, and some people aged 16 and over, who have had two doses of the vaccine at least three months ago. The NHS is sending out around 650,000 text messages and 5,000 letters to people who have not yet had the top-up vaccine, encouraging them to book in now.
People with a weakened immune system are also being offered a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is also known as a third primary dose and is different from a booster dose.
Children aged 12 and over can get a first and second dose of the primary vaccine.
The government has arranged for extra resources to staff vaccination centres in the light of a surge in booking requests due to the Omicron variant. Vaccination sites are operating 12 hours a day, seven days a week wherever possible. Slots are available for at least 16 hours a day, with some sites extending to 24 hour operations.
If you’re eligible for a vaccine or booster, please book in as soon as possible to help protect yourself and your loved ones, help flatten the curve of transmissions and protect the NHS.
For the latest information and to book your appointment, please visit www.nhs/coronavirus.
In line with guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), you can’t be vaccinated or receive a booster jab if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 28 days. Please book your appointment for a date after 28 days have passed.