Booster vaccine booking now open for people over 40

Published Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 12:13

People aged 40 and over and people in high risk groups can now book their Covid booster jab three months after their second dose.

Booking opened today, Wednesday, December 8th, through the NHS vaccine programme.

People in these groups now don’t have to wait six months after their second dose to top up their protection and can book the booster if it will be three months from their second dose when the booster appointment takes place.

People can get their vaccine by booking online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119, and GP practices are also inviting those who are eligible.

The booking service can be found here:

The booster vaccination programme is being significantly ramped up in response to the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Those coming forward for a booster will be given either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as these generate a very strong immune response.

More information on the new Omicron variant and new guidance can be found here:

The NHS is asking people to keep checking for appointments once the system updates, as more become available every day.

The NHS intends to offer every eligible adult an opportunity to book in for their booster jab by the end of January.

The booster is just one of the five most important things we can all do to protect ourselves against Covid and help us have a happy and healthy Christmas:

  • Wearing a face covering in shops and on public transport, and in other busy or crowded places
  • Washing our hands regularly and carrying hand sanitiser when we go out
  • Taking regular rapid tests, particularly before mixing with others
  • Getting fully vaccinated against Covid – including the booster dose
  • And keeping rooms well-ventilated, particularly when spending time indoors with people we don’t live with.

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