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At the moment, we are providing a seasonal boosters to those who are eligible, as well as continuing to provide first doses.

Seasonal Booster

You can have a this booster if you are:

  • aged 65 or over
  • pregnant
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk due to a health condition
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk because of a weakened immune system
  • aged 5 and over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • aged 16 and over and a carer, either paid or unpaid
  • living or working in a care home for older people
  • a frontline health and social care worker

Currently certain people are being prioritised for getting a seasonal booster. Others, including those aged 50 to 64 who are not at higher risk, will be able to get it later in the autumn 2022. 

If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.

Clinically vulnerable children aged 5-11

Children who are clinically vulnerable include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency on Page 21 of the Green Book.

Parents and guardians should wait for the NHS to contact them for when it is their child’s turn to get the life-saving vaccine with local NHS teams already contacting those who are eligible.

GP led teams have identified eligible children to help get jabs into arms as quickly as possible.

All children aged 5-15

We get a lot of questions about whether children are eligible for a vaccine, and the quick answer is that anyone aged 5 or over is eligible. For a full explanation of how immunisations work for children aged 5-15, you can visit our dedicated Covid-19 vaccination page for parents and guardians to understand how the process works.

This includes information on how we vaccinate children who are at higher risk of severe Covid-19 infection.

Adults aged over 16

For an explanation of the different doses available for people aged 16 or over, we recommend you read the ‘Doses and Boosters’ explained page.

It explains who is eligible for different doses, including booster jabs, and provides links to help you book your vaccination.

If you or your partner is pregnant or planning to get pregnant, we recommend you read our page which explains the importance of being vaccinated during pregnancy to protect both mum and baby.

Confused about doses and boosters?

We want to reassure everyone that we will continue to provide first doses to anyone who is eligible for them. After you have had that first dose, you may become for booster jabs, depending on your age and how healthy your immune system is.

For the latest information on these different doses and boosters, check out the Doses and Boosters explained’ section.

Last Updated: Monday 26th September 2022 - 10:03:am

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