Who will receive a Covid booster vaccination?
People aged 50 or over & younger people at risk are being offered a Covid 19 booster vaccination.
When will I receive my Booster vaccination?
The booster is being offered at least 6 months after the last dose of your Covid 19 vaccination. This is because protection against severe disease appears to reduce slowly over time- the booster will help to keep you protected. Boosters are being offered in order of priority, so you will be invited by your GP to attend for your booster when it is your turn.
Which vaccine will I be offered?
You will be given a booster of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and this may be different to your initial vaccination. The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) has reviewed data from several different vaccine combinations before recommending an mRNA vaccine as a booster. The AstraZeneca vaccine has only been approved as a booster for use in people who had this as their 1st and 2nd vaccine and for those who can’t have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Can I receive my flu vaccination at the same time as my Covid booster vaccination?
The flu and Covid vaccines may be offered at the same appointment. It has been declared safe to do so by the medicines regulator (the MHRA), however for logistical reasons you might be offered these at separate times. There does not need to be a waiting time or gap between receiving both these vaccines.