Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme 14th December 2021
Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
You can book your booster from three months after your second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from two months.
We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.
New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.
If you are yet to have your first or second dose of the vaccination then please do come forward and have these.
In terms of any planned appointments with Oaks Healthcare there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.
We urge you keep our phone lines free for patients to call with non-vaccination healthcare needs. The NHS will share details on other ways to access booster appointments across our communities as soon as possible.
See more about the vaccination programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including the vaccination services: www.hampshiresouthamptonandisleofwightccg.nhs.uk
Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine
A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.
It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
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.
How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine
You’ll be offered a booster dose at least 3 months after you had your 2nd dose.
The Surgery will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the surgery for one before then.
Most people will be invited to book an appointment by text message however will be phoning and writing to our patients.
Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer.
Book using the link within your text
You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose using the link in your text if you have been contacted by the surgery and you are either:
- aged 50 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
Please wait to be contacted by the surgery before booking your booster dose.
Which COVID-19 vaccine will I get?
Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.
This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.
Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu vaccine
Most people who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine are also eligible for the annual flu vaccine. If you are offered both vaccines, it’s safe to have them at the same time.