Your Covid 19 Vaccination- What to expect and what to watch out for
Getting vaccinated this winter
If you're over 50, you may be eligible for a covid Booster vaccine or a flu vaccine to help you stay healthy this winter.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine
A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.
It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Who can get a 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.
- people aged 50 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)
How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine
If you're eligible, you'll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose.
Most people can:
- book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- go to a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them
- People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer.
Book your vaccination appointment online
You can book your COVID-19 booster dose online if you had your 2nd dose at least 6 months ago and you are:
aged 50 and over and the NHS has invited you to book
aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19 and the NHS has invited you to book
a frontline health or social care worker – you do not need to wait for an invite can have the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- 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)
- frontline health or social care workers
Where to get the flu vaccine
You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:
- your GP surgery
- a pharmacy offering the service
- your midwifery service if you're pregnant
- a hospital appointment