COVID-19 Spring Booster Vaccination Programme

Stakeholder call to action and key messaging – COVID-19 Spring booster vaccination programme

Key messages:

– The NHS’s top doctor has urged people who still need a spring booster vaccination to come forward as soon as practically possible.

– Since March, the NHS has been offering spring booster doses to all people aged 75 years and over, people aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system, and residents in older adult care homes. See earlier press release here.

– The NHS has now invited everyone eligible for this dose (more than 5 million in total), and more than 4 million have already had their jab.

– If you still need one, we strongly encourage you to visit the National Booking Service, call 119 or find a convenient local walk-in site.

– The spring booster will give you protection against Coronavirus during summer. If you’re having a summer holiday in August, getting your spring booster before the end of June will give time for you to gain maximum protection ahead of your trip.

– Getting a spring booster dose before the end of June will allow enough time before the next seasonal dose to extend protection over winter, and against any possible resurgence in infection levels.

– You can book a spring booster appointment on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/book-covid-booster or by phoning 119 free of charge (translators are available on request).

– Alternatively, you can visit a walk-in vaccination site without an appointment – see www.nhs.uk/vaccine-walk-in which shows which sites offer what types of dose, and to which groups.

– When the time comes, the NHS will be inviting eligible people for a seasonal dose during autumn/winter. You may also be able to get your flu vaccination in the same visit.

– It’s not too late to get your first, second or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination – these remain available to all who are eligible, and you will be welcomed with open arms.