West Essex Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations

COVID-19 Booster Vaccines  

How can I get my booster vaccine?

 

If you are aged 16 and over and it has been 3 months (91 days) since your 2nd dose,  you can book an appointment online, over the phone or attend a walk-in clinic.

The online booking service is open a month before your booster is due, so you can book ahead if you want to get organised. Please note however, you will still be offered your jab 91 days (three months) after your second vaccination.

Book an appointment online at NHS national booking

or

Call 119 

or

 

Attend a walk-in vaccine clinic - check times and dates here

Who can have the booster vaccine?:

The following cohorts are eligible for booster vaccinations three months (91 days) after their 2nd dose:

  • people aged 16 and over 

  • people who live and work in care homes

  • frontline health and social care workers

  • people aged 12 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

  • carers aged 12 and over

  • people aged 12 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).

 

Pregnant women in an eligible group can receive a booster dose. 

Spring boosters

To protect people most at risk from COVID-19, an additional spring booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now being offered to adults aged 75 and over, residents in care homes for older adults, and individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system.

 

The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up between three and six months over the spring and early summer.  Please see our FAQ page for further information.

What type of vaccine is being given for the booster?

You are most likely to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine* because these types of vaccines have been shown to be very effective as boosters, no matter what vaccine you had for your first two doses.

 

People who can't have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine may be offered AstraZeneca for their booster.

*Moderna boosters are administered at a half dose.
 

 

Is it OK to have a booster vaccine that’s different from my first and second doses?

Yes, the latest medical advice, confirms that it's safe to mix the types of vaccines.  For instance you may be offered the Pfizer vaccine or a half dose of Moderna for your booster, even if you had AstraZeneca for your first two doses. Scientific studies into different combinations of COVID-19 vaccines show people have a good immune response with these types of boosters, no matter which vaccine people had for their first and second doses. People who have a different vaccine as their booster dose generally have more antibodies, which can offer even stronger protection against COVID-19.

Is it okay to have the COVID-19 and flu jab at the same time?

Yes, the latest medical advice confirms that it's safe to receive both flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.  Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines.

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

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill

  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses

 

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

Who 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

 

If you do not have your flu vaccine at your GP surgery, you do not have to tell the surgery. This will be done for you.

 

Find a pharmacy that offers the NHS flu vaccine 

Important - It's important to go to your vaccination appointments unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.