A booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccination helps improve the protection you get from the first two doses of your vaccination. And helps give you longer-term protection against serious illness.
You can get a booster dose if you had a 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago (91 days) and:
- you are aged 18 or over
- you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
- you are a frontline health or social care worker, or you live or work in a care home
- you are aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19
- you are aged 16 or over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis).
Booking your Covid-19 booster
By calling 119.
Find out more about booster jabs
Find out more about booster vaccinations and updates about how they are being delivered in our area from the local NHS.
Tell us about your Covid vaccinations
We are working closely with the local NHS as they roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme. And helping them make sure they get their messages for local people right.
Please tell us about your experience of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. We will be sharing your feedback with the local NHS to help them deliver the vaccine and protect people.
Booster vaccines for housebound people
Booster vaccines to housebound people are being undertaken by a number of providers. If you are registered as housebound with your GP practice, you should soon be contacted by the NHS.
If you have become housebound since you received your second dose you should let your GP know. Your GP will be able to make a note on your patient record to say you are now housebound.
The local NHS will then know to contact you to offer you a booster vaccination within your home.
First, second and third Covid-19 vaccinations
Our local NHS has already given more than a million doses of first and second vaccinations - see the latest statistics here. But it’s not too late to get yours.
- First and second vaccinations are available to children aged 12 to 15 years, - these are offered 12 weeks apart for most people. And eight weeks apart for young people who have a health condition that puts them at increased risk of Covid-19. Or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed.
- First and second vaccinations are available to 16 and 17 year olds - these are offered 12 weeks apart for most people. And eight weeks apart for young people who have a health condition that puts them at increased risk of Covid-19. Or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed.
- First and second vaccinations are available to people over 18 years or within three months of their eighteenth birthday. You can get your second dose from eight weeks after your first dose.
- Third vaccinations are available to people aged over 12 whose immune system is severely weakened. People in this group will also be offered a fourth 'booster' vaccination three months after their third dose. If you are in this group, you cannot book your booster dose using the NHS national booking service yet, but your GP or hospital specialist will invite you for your booster dose when it's due.
Walk-in vaccination clinics
Get your Covid-19 jab at a local walk-in clinic. You only need to bring a face covering along.
You don't need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to use this service.
National Booking Service
You can also book an appointment via the National Booking Service if you are aged 16 or over.
by calling 119. You will book appointments for your first and second doses.You can also cancel appointments and rebook them.
You must be registered with a GP surgery in England to use this service. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
Local GP-led Vaccination Centre
Some local GP practices are working together to provide vaccinations to local people.
If your GP service is providing this service, then you will be able to book an appointment by invitation. This invitation will also be open to 16 and 17 year olds.
Find out if your GP practice is part of a group that is currently vaccinating by visiting this local NHS website.
Vaxxi Taxi - help getting to a Covid-19 vaccination appointment
There are a number of community transport schemes and taxi firms available to help with transport to vaccination appointments.
Is the Covid vaccine safe?
In the UK there are several different types of COVID-19 vaccines in use.
The vaccines have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) after going through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through.
Once approved, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) considers vaccine safety, efficacy and looks at the impact and cost effectiveness of immunisation plans..
This independent group of experts advises the Government health departments on the best way to get these vaccines to the public and considers who should receive the vaccines first.
Reporting serious side effects
Like all medicines, Covid-19 vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose.
Very common side effects include:
- a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection
- feeling tired
- a headache
- general aches, or mild flu like symptoms
Feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, but a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have Covid-19 or another infection.
You can report suspected side effects to the MHRA via their via the official yellow card reporting scheme.
Show you're vaccinated with the NHS Covid Pass
The NHS Covid Pass shows your Covid-19 vaccination details or test results and lets you share them in a secure way.
It allows you to show others the details of your Covid-19 vaccine (or vaccines) when travelling abroad to some countries or territories.
Or to demonstrate your Covid-19 status as a condition of entry to some venues or events in England.
You can download a digital copy or request a status letter.
Information about Coronavirus
Our coronavirus information page has information on how to stay safe - including the latest rules and restrictions for households, guidance for those considered clinically extremely vulnerable, and where to get help and support.