When can I book a Covid booster vaccine and who is eligible?

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Certain groups of people will be offered the second Covid booster this autumn (Getty Images)
Certain groups of people will be offered the second Covid booster this autumn (Getty Images)

Millions of people in the UK could receive their Covid booster vaccine in the autumn, following new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Vulnerable adults and frontline workers will be among the groups of people to take the booster.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of COVID-19 vaccination on the JCVI, said in a statement: “Last year’s autumn booster vaccination programme provided excellent protection against severe COVID-19, including against the Omicron variant.

“We have provided interim advice on an autumn booster programme for 2022 so that the NHS and care homes are able to start the necessary operational planning, to enable high levels of protection for more vulnerable individuals and frontline healthcare staff over next winter.”

He also said that the advice will be updated as they continue to review the scientific data. So who is set to get the fourth vaccine?

Who will be offered the Covid booster in autumn?

You can have a seasonal booster dose (autumn booster) of the COVID-19 vaccine 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

Older people and people with underlying health conditions, especially people who are immunosuppressed, have been disproportionately affected by Covid throughout the pandemic, so prioritising people in these groups aims to protect them from becoming severely unwell.

Covid booster jab scramble as Omicron variant surges

People queuing on Westminster Bridge for booster jabs at St Thomas’ Hospital, London (PA)
People queuing on Westminster Bridge for booster jabs at St Thomas’ Hospital, London (PA)
06.32am people start queuing at St Thomas’s Hospital for their Booster vaccination (Jeremy Selwyn)
06.32am people start queuing at St Thomas’s Hospital for their Booster vaccination (Jeremy Selwyn)
Hundreds of people queue at a vaccination centre on Solihull High Street, West Midlands (PA)
Hundreds of people queue at a vaccination centre on Solihull High Street, West Midlands (PA)
People queuing for booster jabs at Sevenoaks Pharmacy in Kent (PA)
People queuing for booster jabs at Sevenoaks Pharmacy in Kent (PA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Health at the Stowe vaccination centre in central Londo (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Health at the Stowe vaccination centre in central Londo (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Hundreds of people queue at a vaccination centre in Bristol, as the coronavirus booster vaccination programme is ramped up to an unprecedented pace of delivery, with every eligible adult in England being offered a top-up injection by the end of December (PA)
Hundreds of people queue at a vaccination centre in Bristol, as the coronavirus booster vaccination programme is ramped up to an unprecedented pace of delivery, with every eligible adult in England being offered a top-up injection by the end of December (PA)
People queuing for booster jabs at St Thomas Hospital, London. Everyone over 18 in England will be offered booster jabs from this week, the PM said on Sunday night, as he declared an “Omicron emergency” (PA)
People queuing for booster jabs at St Thomas Hospital, London. Everyone over 18 in England will be offered booster jabs from this week, the PM said on Sunday night, as he declared an “Omicron emergency” (PA)
People queue at a vaccination centre in Bristol, (PA)
People queue at a vaccination centre in Bristol, (PA)
People queuing for booster jabs at St Thomas’ Hospital, London (PA)
People queuing for booster jabs at St Thomas’ Hospital, London (PA)
Queues before dawn at St Thomas’s Hospital for their booster (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queues before dawn at St Thomas’s Hospital for their booster (Jeremy Selwyn)
Hundreds of people queue at a vaccination centre in Bristol (PA)
Hundreds of people queue at a vaccination centre in Bristol (PA)

When to get your seasonal booster

You can have your seasonal booster (autumn booster) if it’s been at least 3 months since you had your previous dose.

If you have a severely weakened immune system you should get an additional primary dose before you get a booster.

How to get a seasonal booster dose

To get a seasonal booster (autumn booster) dose you can:

If you live in a care home for older people, contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.