COVID-19 Spring Booster Programme

Who is eligible?

  • Patients who are aged 75 years and over by 30th June 2022.
  • Care home residents for older adults (this excludes learning disability homes)
  • Those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed.

Please note that patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable are not necessarily immunosuppressed and therefore, may not be eligible for the Spring booster.

Why are some people being offered another 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 a booster dose.
This Spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those people who are 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 the risk of hospital admission with COVID-19.

What is the interval between doses?
Patients will be offered an appointment around 6 months since their last dose of vaccine. However, if patients have recently been confirmed as having COVID-19, they must wait 4 weeks before having their Spring booster.

Which vaccine will patients be given?
A booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

When will the spring boosters start?
Our clinics will start on Wednesday 30th March.
We will recall patients; you do not need to contact us. We are not offering walk-in clinics, they are by appointment only.
We will visit our care homes to vaccinate residents in April – May.

How will I be invited?
Eligible patients with a mobile number will receive a text message with a link to book. This  will allow patients to choose a convenient date and time.
Patients without a mobile number will receive a letter in the post with an appointment.

Further information
Read the Government’s latest information regarding Spring boosters here