Covid 19 Booster Vaccine - Who, When, Where, How, What (updated 22nd December 2021)

Everything you need to know, about who can get the covid booster vaccine, when you will get it, where to get it, what type of vaccine and how to book it
woman receiving covid booster vaccine in arm from female nurse

The following information has been taken for Government and NHS information and advice about the covid-19 vaccine booster

Scientists say like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to wane over time. The booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first 2 doses. 

The booster will help to reduce the risk of serious illness or you needing admission to hospital due to COVID-19 infection this winter.

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire expansion of the vaccination programme is continuing. There are now G.P sites, 39 pharmacies and 3 mass sites operating more clinics and with extended hours to get as many boosters delivered as possible over the coming weeks. More appointments are put on the national booking service every day, if you don’t see any available at first, please do keep checking the site. Also there is work going on to see where would be suitable for pop up sites to reach the most vulnerable in our communities. The program remains fast moving. Further updates will here as when we receive them.

Please don't contact your G,P. surgery about your booster

More booster appointments are being added to the booking system all the time. So if you have already booked a booster appointment but would have preferred an earlier appointment than was available at the time you can check the national booking service for an earlier appointment. If there is an earlier appointment you can book it and then cancel your original appointment.

If you can't attend your apppointment for any reason then please cancel your booking.

Who and when ?

From 15th December booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS to book or 'walk in'  for everyone  aged 18 and above and those aged 16 or over and at risk.  

Where possible, priority should be given to pregnant women as people with underlying health conditions

Where will I get my vaccine and how do I book it?

The number of locations and available booster appointments will be increasing in the days and weeks ahead from 15th December. You can book book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre for example Broad Sreet Mall in Reading, Wokingham Community Hospital, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery. Some people will be contacted by their GP surgery but it is recommended that you book as soon as possible via the national booking service.

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online via the NHS National Booking Service . The NHS will be expanding the options available to people via other vaccination locations, 'pop ups' and 'walk ins' but these plans are still being developed.

What 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 if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

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