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Covid – 19 Vaccine

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.

This includes:

  • 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.

Information:

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 6 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.

Find out more about the flu vaccine

More information

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination booster dose on GOV.UK

 

How to book an appointment

Wait to be contacted

We will be contacting people when it is their turn to be booked in for their first (or second) vaccination. If you have a mobile phone number on your medical record then you will be invited to book by text message. There will be a link to click on which will then take you through the process.

We are using a service that allows you to book appointments from your mobile, tablet or desktop. Don’t worry if you can’t do this as we will book you by phone but don’t phone us, we will phone you.

If you do not have a smartphone, we will contact you by telephone or letter.

The only personal information you will be asked about is your date of birth. Be aware there are scams around pretending to be offering vaccination appointments. If you do not have a mobile number or a smart phone then do not worry, we will contact you by email or phone.

Couples who are both eligible should try and attend together but both need booked appointments.

When will I receive my 2nd dose?

You will receive an invite for your 2nd Covid-19 vaccination at or around 12 weeks following your 1st dose.

We receive deliveries weekly. However, due to the way in which vaccinations are allocated nationally we cannot guarantee whether the stock due will be the Pfizer/BioNtech or the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

It is important that your 2nd vaccination is of the same type as your 1st, and that you receive it at the same site. Therefore, as soon as we have the available stock and you are due your 2nd dose (based on the date and your NHS group identity) you will be contacted.

Why have some been able to book their 1st and 2nd dose at the same time?

If you are eligible to book your vaccination via the NHS booking system here, you are able to book both appointments at the same time.

However, the bookings are subject to stock and availability and may be cancelled or postponed if the stock available is not the vaccination you require.

News update:

We would like to share some fantastic news with our service users. Today (09.03.21) we have been advised our Primary Care Network (PCN) is the Best in the Country having administered Vaccines to 97.5% of our older population.

Covid-19: Gloucestershire neighbourhood has only vaccinated 20% of over-65s | Daily Mail Online