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.
- 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.
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.