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

Therefore, it helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS. They currently are for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

This includes:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • those 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
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • those 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).

Also, 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.

How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine

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

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then.

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

Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer.

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:

  • aged 50 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19.

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I get?

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. This will be if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu 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

More information

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

More in Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

Published on 22 Sep (updated 27 Sep)

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