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
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.
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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:
book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment 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
If you live in a care home for older people, contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.