West Essex Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations

COVID-19 Booster Vaccines

How can I get my booster vaccine?

Book an appointment over the phone - Call 119 

or 

Book an appointment online at NHS national booking

or

 

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

Please note: You'll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it's been over 6 months (at least 182 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine.

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.