On Monday 21 March, the NHS began the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme; the introduction of a spring booster.
The spring booster is available for people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, to offer extra protection against COVID-19 and reduce the risk of getting seriously ill.
If you are eligible for the spring booster, the NHS will contact you to book an appointment. You will be offered an appointment around 6 months after your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose yet, you should book them as soon as possible. If you have a severely weakened immune system you might need a 3rd dose before you get the booster.
If you test positive for COVID-19, do not attend your vaccination appointment. People aged 18 and over and eligible children aged 12 to 15, need to wait 4 weeks before getting the spring booster and most young people aged 16 and 17 need to wait 12 weeks.
If you think you are eligible for a spring booster but have not received an invite, contact your GP surgery or hospital specialist.
You can also book an appointment by calling the Gateway on 0800 092 4020 or 0161 947 0770. The Gateway can organise free transport if you need help getting to your appointment.
Please continue to wear face coverings when attending your vaccination appointment and when visiting other healthcare settings.
Find out more about COVID-19 spring boosters here