Covid-19 vaccination

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 either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

It will probably be different to the vaccine you had before. 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 now available on the NHS for:

  • People over 16 years old
  • People aged 12-15 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.

A second booster (known as ‘spring booster’) is available for people who are at high risk from Covid-19. People who are eligible for the spring booster are:

  • Over 75 years old
  • Over 12 years old who are immunocompromised
  • Care home residents

People eligible for the spring booster will be contacted by the NHS, usually around 6 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 your text message
  • Call 119 (7am – 11pm, Monday – Sunday)
  • Call 0203 373 6487 (10am-5.30pm, Monday – Friday).
  • Walk in to a walk in clinic – see our weekly schedule or NHS website

Eligible children can go to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site or wait to be contacted by a local NHS service. If attending a walk-in site, it is recommended to bring the letter, text or email inviting you to get a booster dose, or a letter from the GP or hospital specialist confirming eligiblity.

Third doses

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.