Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spring booster vaccine
People aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those with weakened immune systems will be offered a spring booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Appointments will be available from the National Booking Service shortly.
Who is being offered a Spring Booster?
COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.
Although vaccines are expected to provide good protection against severe COVID-19 disease, protection against mild infection with the Omicron variant seems to decline quickly, even after the booster dose.
This spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago. If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.
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.
Which vaccine will you be offered?
You will be given a booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (for a very small number of people another vaccine product may be advised by your doctor). Both vaccines boost well and have already been given to millions of people in the UK.
Studies have shown that you only need a half dose of Moderna to boost the immune system well. This half dose of Moderna is expected to have a low rate of side effects including myocarditis.
You will be offered the right vaccine for you, which may be the same or different from the vaccines that you had before.
If you have not had all your vaccinations
If you have not yet had either of your first 2 doses of the vaccine or third dose (for those with weakened immune system) you should have them as soon as possible.
If you missed your first booster you should have this spring booster as soon as possible.
You may need another booster as well as your usual flu injection in the autumn.