Covid-19 booster vaccinations

The coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine programme is continuing to be rolled out across the country.

A booster dose helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine and gives you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

The NHS has initially been prioritising boosters for those most at risk, such as care and nursing home residents. Over the coming weeks more and more people, including housebound individuals, will be invited to book an appointment for the booster dose.

Two walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres in central Lancashire are also now available for booster doses (detailed below). 

 

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine?

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

This includes:

  • people aged 40 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

 

When will I be eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine?

You can book an appointment for a booster dose if it's been 152 days (5 months) since your 2nd dose.

You'll be offered appointment dates from 182 days (6 months) after the date of your 2nd dose.

 

Which vaccine will I be offered?

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

 

How can I get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?

The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. It's important not to contact the NHS for one before then.

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a vaccination centre of your choice. This could be a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

If you are eligible, you can also attend one of the following walk-in vaccination centres for your Covid-19 booster:

 

Jubilee House:

Open: Wednesdays-Saturdays

Times: 8am to 1pm and 2pm to 8pm

Venue: Jubilee House, Lancashire Enterprise Business Park, Leyland, PR26 6TY

 

St John's Shopping Centre:

Date: Mondays - Sundays

Time: 8:30am to 6:30pm

Venue: St John's Shopping Centre, Preston, PR1 1FB

 

Please note, walk-in slots are offered in addition to appointments booked through the National Booking System or local NHS. Please help us by keeping your booked appointment when convenient or cancelling if you can’t make it or are attending a walk-in service.

 

People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer – but they can book via the national booking system by self-declaring as a member of health and social care staff.

If you or your family member is housebound then specific arrangements will be made to make sure you receive the booster vaccination at home. It can take longer for the home visiting team to visit everyone on their list so please be patient.  There is no need to contact the practice.

If you have not yet been contacted to book your booster dose then please do not worry. You will be invited to do so as soon as possible. You do not need to contact your local GP or any other NHS service at this stage

 

COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu vaccine

Most people who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine are also eligible for the annual flu vaccine.

If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.

Find out more about the flu vaccine

 

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