The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.
COVID-19 booster vaccine
Booster vaccine doses are available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?
Booster vaccine doses are available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago, including everyone over 40.
The government announced on 29 November that it would accelerate the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme in response to the potential threat from the new Omicron variant.
In line with JCVI advice the NHS will be vaccinating the most vulnerable first, then opening further, just as they did in the opening waves of the programme.
So, while changes to the booking system, protocols and patient group directive are put in place, the NHS will continue to vaccinate the millions of people who were already eligible for top-up jabs.
The booking service will then open to others in their 40s and older people who would previously have had to wait 6 months before moving onto younger age groups.
If you were not already eligible, please do not contact the NHS. We will let you know when it is your turn to take up the offer.
The NHS aims to ensure that everyone eligible for a booster is given the chance to book one by the end of January 2022.
How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine
If you're eligible, you'll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose.
Most people can:
- book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- go to a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them
Book your vaccination appointment online
You can book your COVID-19 booster dose online if it's been 5 months (152 days) since you had your 2nd dose and you are:
- aged 40 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
- a frontline health or social care worker – you’ll need to bring proof of your employment such as your workplace photo ID, a letter or a payslip from your employer within the last 3 months (please note that frontline, patient-facing NHS volunteers are now eligible for a booster vaccination as they are classed as ‘frontline healthcare workers’; this means they can self-declare and present themselves at vaccination centres, alongside other frontline healthcare workers)
You'll be offered appointment dates from 6 months after the date of your 2nd dose.
Find a walk-in vaccination site
You can get your booster dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site if you had your 2nd dose at least 6 months ago and you are:
- aged 40 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19 – you’ll need to bring your letter inviting you to get your booster dose or a letter from your doctor about your health condition
If you do not get a letter but you have a health condition and you think you’re eligible, contact your GP surgery.
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Everyone over the age of 12 is now offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently those who are aged 12 to 17 are offered 1 dose of the vaccine.
Anybody over 16 will be offered 2 doses of the vaccine as part of their primary course.
Those who are more vulnerable due to age, profession or medical condition will also be offered a booster course of the vaccine.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccine
If you're aged 16 or over, you can:
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to. If you have difficulties communicating, hearing or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.
Children aged 12 to 15
Most children aged 12 to 15 can:
- get their COVID-19 vaccine at school
- book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- check if there is a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site near them to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
Check the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes NHS website for more information about: