Booster vaccines - Coming soon!

September 14 2021
The government has announced that COVID-19 boosters are now available to book.

Patients will receive a letter from St. George’s in the next week or so explaining this. The government announcement is below.

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 already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

  • 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
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • 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 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

If you're not sure if you have a health condition that puts you at high risk, see who is at high risk from COVID-19.

How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine

You'll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose.

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 larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer.

Book online if you've been contacted

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:

  • aged 50 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

► Book your COVID-19 booster vaccine appointment

 

Vaccinating members of your household.

It is also recommended that individuals are reminded that household contacts of those who are immunosuppressed are advised to be vaccinated. Individuals aged 17 ¾ and over can book via the National Booking System and children aged 12 and over should speak to their registered GP practice, who will then invite them to attend their GP-led Local Vaccination Service.

For more information please visit our article:

https://www.sgkpa.org.uk/news/vaccines-for-the-families-of-transplant-immunosuppressed-patients

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