Covid-19 autumn booster vaccinations

The autumn booster is being offered to those at high risk of the complications of COVID-19 infection, who may have not been boosted for a few months.

As the number of Covid-19 infections increases over the winter, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with Covid-19.

As with previous campaigns, vaccinations will be offered first to frontline health and social care workers and those who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus. Letters will be sent out to the first eligible groups next month with appointments beginning in September.

Eligible cohorts

  • residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers 
  • all adults aged 50 years and over 
  • persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, as set out in the Green Book 
  • persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers, as set out in the Green Book

Timing of the autumn booster

You should be offered an appointment between September and December, with those at highest risk being called in first.

You should have your booster at least 3 months after your last dose of vaccine.

If you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you may be able to have them at the same time – if not please go ahead anyway, you can catch up with the other vaccine later.

If you have not had all your vaccinations

If you have not yet had either of your first 2 doses of the vaccine (or a third dose for those with a weakened immune system) you should have them as soon as possible.

If you are eligible for the autumn booster but think you have missed a previous booster you should still go ahead – you will not need another dose.