Booster vaccinations against COVID-19 are now being offered across the UK.

They are available to people who have had their second dose of a vaccine at least six months ago. All vaccinations will be given for free by the NHS. If you receive a message asking you for money or your financial details in order to be vaccinated, treat it as a scam.

You are not required to have an NHS number in order to get vaccinated, or to present it at your appointment. However, in practice some people are being asked to show it, so if you have one you may wish to take a note of it with you.

Boosters for adults

Booster vaccinations are being offered to those more at risk from serious disease, and who were vaccinated during Phase 1 of the vaccine programme. This includes:

  • Those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 50 years or over
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
  • Thos who are pregant and in one of the above eligible groups.

Most people can:

  • Book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
  • Go to a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
  • Wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them.

Jabs for adolescents

People aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). The  NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, supported by GPs and community pharmacies. Invitations for vaccination will begin next week. 

Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination in line with existing school vaccination programmes. 

Healthy school-aged children aged 12 to 15 will primarily receive their COVID-19 vaccination in their school with alternative provision for those who are home schooled, in secure services or specialist mental health settings.

Information for people in England

Find a walk-in vaccination site https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/

For more information on the booster programme visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/

Information for people in Scotland

For more information on boosters in Scotland visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-booster-vaccination

NHS Scotland has also published a leaflet about the programme.

Information for people in Wales

For information on boosters in Wales visit https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/eligibility-for-the-vaccine/

For general information about COVID-19 in Wales visit https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/

Information for people in Northern Ireland

Details of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Northern Ireland are available here https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-northern-ireland including the booster programme and third doses for people who are immunocompromised.

Update 1st November 2021