Covid-19 boosters and third dose
The Covid-19 booster gives your immunity a reminder to fight back if you get Covid-19. Many vaccines need a booster and Covid-19 is no different.
It is important for everyone, and especially frontline health and social care staff to protect themselves, their loved ones and the residents we support.
What vaccine is the booster?
Booster vaccines are now a new version of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines which targets both the original COVID virus and the Omicron variant.
You may not have had Moderna or Pfizer for your previous vaccines. It is safe to get a different vaccine for your booster from your first and second dose vaccines.
Who can get a Covid-19 booster vaccine?
Booster vaccinations are available from the NHS for:
- People over 16 years old
- People aged 5 years old who are at high risk from Covid-19 or live with someone who is immunocompromised
The booster is being offered to people three months after their second vaccination.
An additional seasonal booster (known as ‘autumn booster’) is available from 5 September 2022 for people who are at high risk from Covid-19.
People who are eligible for the autumn booster are:
- Over 50 years old
- Over 5 years old who are in a clinical risk group
- Care home residents
- Frontline health & social care workers
- Unpaid carers (16-49 years old)
- Household of immunocompromised people.
People eligible for the autumn booster will be contacted by the NHS, at least 3 months after your last dose.
How to get your booster vaccine
There are several ways to get your booster when you are eligible:
- Book online via the NHS website
- Book online using the link in the text message from the NHS or GP
- Call 119 (7am – 11pm, Monday – Sunday)
- Walk in to a walk in clinic – see our weekly schedule or NHS website.
Note: Vaccinations for COVID-19 are free. You will never be asked to pay for your vaccine.
People with the following conditions are eligible for a ‘third primary dose’ which is different to a booster. The third dose can be given at least 8 weeks after the second dose. People who are eligible for a third dose will be contacted by their GP or doctor.
- Individuals with primary or acquired immunodeficiency states at the time of vaccination
- Individuals on immunosuppressive or immunomodulating therapy at the time of vaccination
- Individuals with chronic immune-mediated inflammatory disease who were receiving or had received immunosuppressive therapy prior to vaccination
- Individuals who had received high-dose steroids (equivalent to >40mg prednisolone per day for more than a week) for any reason in the month before vaccination.
Find out more on the NHS website.