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Spring Covid-19 booster vaccines
~ 5 months ago
27 March 2022

The spring booster programme opens on 21 March and offers the most vulnerable members of the community a chance to top up their immunity because Covid-19 is more serious for older people and those with a weakened immune system.

The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment. The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up over the Spring and early Summer.

The public will be able to book an appointment at more than 50 sites across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire including pharmacies, Vaccination Centres and GP practices.

When will people be able to book their spring booster?

JCVI’s advice is that people should wait until around six months since their last dose for maximum effectiveness, and people are asked to wait until they are invited by the NHS to book. People should wait to be contacted by the NHS. The NHS will begin inviting people from the week beginning 21st March and will offer a top-up dose to all who are eligible during Spring and early Summer.

How do I get my booster dose of the COVID vaccine?

For spring boosters, you should wait until the NHS contacts you. For an initial booster dose (the first dose following your primary course), you can visit www.nhs.uk/covid-booster https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ to find your nearest walk-in option or book an appointment. You can also call 119 free of charge which also offers translators on request.

I have recently recovered from COVID-19, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. You still need to get a booster dose of the vaccine for extra protection, even if you have recently recovered from COVID-19. If you have recently recovered from the virus, you will need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. People will need to wait: 4 weeks (28 days) if they are aged 18 years old or over, or aged 5 to 17 years old and at greater risk from COVID (as defined in UKHSA’s Green Book – see table 3 and table 4 here) 12 weeks (84 days) if they are aged 12 to 17 years old and not at greater risk from COVID (as defined in UKHSA’s Green Book – see table 3 and table 4 here)

Can I still come forward for a first or second dose if I’ve not yet done so?

It’s never too late to come forward for your first, second or (if you were immunosuppressed at the time of one of these) a third dose of the vaccine. You do not need to be registered with a GP and can find a walk-in option, book an appointment or more information at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccine or by calling 119 (translators are available into different languages on request).

Why are some people being invited for a spring booster?

COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason, people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.

Who is not eligible for a Spring Booster?

Carers, partners and spouses are not eligible for another booster.

Health and social care workers are not eligible for another booster.

Individuals aged 12 and above who are in a risk group in table 3 or 4 other than immunosuppressed are not eligible for another booster, eg diabetes, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, autism, epilepsy, learning disability, etc.

Household contacts of the immunosuppressed are not eligible for another booster.

Residents living in other residential homes, eg for learning disabilities, are not eligible for another booster (unless they are 75yrs and over or immunosuppressed).

Housebound individuals who are not 75 years and over or immunosuppressed are not eligible for another booster.

What to do if you are Immunosuppressed?

You will be able to book an appointment or go to a walk in vaccination site and self declare .

Some individuals may think they are immunosuppressed or eligible and attend for a 2nd booster. You may have met earlier criteria for a third dose but are no longer currently immunosuppressed.

In all circumstances it is the registered healthcare professional assessor who will determine whether you are eligible. This will usually need to be supported at assessment with reference to a patient’s clinical record. At Vaccination Centre's there will be no access to your GP or clinical records, so supporting evidence of your CURRENT condition or treatment will need to be provided , eg prescription, NHS app, letter from consultant etc.