Spring Boosters for COVID-19: What You Need to Know
The NHS is starting its Spring COVID-19 booster vaccination programme, aiming to vaccinate around five million people who are eligible for the booster dose. The eligible group includes those aged over 75, those living in care homes for older adults, and those aged five or over with a weakened immune system.
To kick off the programme, roving NHS teams will be visiting care homes to offer protection to residents starting from Monday, April 3. From Wednesday, April 5, eligible individuals can book their first booster dose appointments through the National Booking Service or NHS App. The first appointments will be available for the week commencing Monday, April 17.
Who is Eligible for a Booster Dose? If you are eligible for a seasonal booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this spring, the NHS will contact you directly. You may be offered a booster dose if you are:
- Aged 75 or over (you need to have turned 75 on or before June 30, 2023)
- Living in a care home for older adults
- Aged 5 or over with a weakened immune system
How to Get a Booster Dose? If you are eligible for a booster dose, you can get vaccinated by:
- Booking online
- Visiting a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site
You may also receive an invitation from your GP surgery or a local NHS service to get vaccinated by text, phone call, or letter.
Which Vaccines Will be Used This Spring? You will be given a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer, Moderna, or Sanofi and approved in the UK. For a very small number of people, another vaccine product may be recommended by your doctor.
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