Covid 19 Booster Vaccine - Who, When, Where, How, What (updated 29th November 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

On advice from scientists the NHS has begun the roll out of Covid booster vaccines. Scientists say like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to wane over time. This booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first 2 doses and give you longer term protection.

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

Who can get the booster vaccine?

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

This includes:

  • people aged 40 and over
  • people 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
  • people 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)

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.

When will I get my booster vaccine?

Everyone over the age of 40 can now book a booster dose no sooner than 182 days after you had your 2nd dose (or a separate 3rd vaccine no sooner than 56 days after your second vaccine if you are immunosuppressed). 

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

Are You Immunosuppressed?

This group of patients are being offered a third Covid vaccination in a program separate to the Covid booster jab programme for those who are 50 years of age and over. 

Local GPs and hospital consultants are currently discussing the best ways of identifying immunosuppressed patients who will be assessed on an individual basis and a clinical recommendation will then be made as to the best way of administering the third jab. The patients will be notified by their GP about where they should go for their third jab. It could be the surgery or an appropriate site that’s authorised to vaccinate and record this group of patients.

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

You can book book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery. There are now walk in vaccinations available at the Broad Street Mall vaccination centre in Reading, further details below.

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online via the NHS National Booking Service if you have been contacted by the NHS, but please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

Walk in Booster vaccines are now available at the vaccination centre at Broad Street Mall in Reading. You can see more details about that here 

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.

Can I get the flu vaccine at the same time?

You can find out more about the flu vaccination programme here.

The JCVI has also advised that the flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered. The NHS will now consider where it’s appropriate for co-administration to be used to support the roll-out of both programmes and where waiting to deliver one vaccine does not unduly delay administration of the other. It is important people take up the offer of both vaccines when they receive it, so people  are encouraged to get both vaccinations as soon as possible rather than waiting for the possibility of getting them together.

JCVI advice about Covid-19 booster vaccine 

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