Care home residents and staff are set to be among the first in the world to receive the new, variant-tackling jabs from next week, as the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme moves to the next phase.
The autumn booster rollout will begin on Monday with England’s care home residents, staff and people who are housebound first in line to receive their top up ahead of winter.
Around four million people who are at highest risk, including the over 75s and those with weakened immune systems, will also be eligible to book a vaccine through the National Booking Service next week, with the first appointments available from the following week.
As part of the fastest and largest vaccine drive in NHS history, around 1.6 million care home residents and staff and housebound people will be eligible for the autumn dose from next week.
The NHS will visit hundreds of care homes in the first week with thousands more planned throughout September and October.
Millions of invitations will be landing on doormats from 7 September inviting people to book their appointment without delay as the NHS protects the nation from covid once again ahead of winter. The NHS will contact people when it is their turn to book in.
A record 3,100 sites are expected to be part of the rollout, including GP practices and community pharmacies, with new sites joining the programme all the time. Read and find out more on the NHS England website.