The NHS has started delivering Covid-19 booster jabs to people in eligible groups.

Following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) decision on providing booster jabs, the NHS has begun rolling out the Covid-19 booster vaccination to eligible people. With increasing levels of social mixing and close social contact, the booster dose will help to ensure those at higher risk from coronavirus have enough protection going into winter.

The priority groups include those who are:

  • living in residential care homes for older adults
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 50 years or over
  • those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19
  • adult carers
  • household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals.

Click here to find a full list of those currently eligible for a booster jab.

People in these eligible groups do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their booster vaccine. People will get a call or text from their local GP-led site to get the jab or will be invited by the National Booking Service.

Eligible people who had the second dose of their Covid-19 vaccine at least six months ago, are now able to get a booster jab. People will not be able to get their booster jab earlier than six months after their second dose.

Some of those in the original nine priority groups will not be eligible for the top-up until the new year, and if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, it’s important you get this as soon as possible rather than waiting to get both at the same time.

The booster programme will be delivered through existing vaccination sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccine centres.

At present, it is not known whether recurrent boosters will be required in the long term.

Page last reviewed: 6 October, 2021